Top image: Musicians pose with the Sheriff after performing for inmates and guards. Bottom image: Musicians at the Methodist Children's Hospital.
This last week marks the 29th annual Caroling Project, organized by Principal Violist, Allyson Dawkins. Since 1988, San Antonio Symphony musicians, friends, students, and family have played holiday music around the city for those who are unable to be with us in the concert hall. Over the years, it has included as many as 40 musicians playing around the city. The musicians play classic Christmas songs such as Feliz Navidad, Jingle Bells, and Frosty the Snowman throughout hospital corridors, detention center facilities, and intensive care units.
"Most people can take the cheer and festivity of the holiday season for granted," says Allyson Dawkins, "but there are many in our community who can't go to the Tobin to see the Nutcracker or Holiday Pops. The Caroling Project is a way the musicians can take their special kind of joy directly to the people."
This year, musicians went to the Bexar County Jail, Santa Rosa Children's Hospital, Methodist Children's Hospital, and the Rehabilitation Institution of San Antonio. Special thanks this year to our colleagues from the Air Force Band of the West and University of Texas San Antonio!