Being a cooperative has set the tone for Pro Arte’s artistic goals. In addition to presenting traditional classical favorites, the Orchestra performs rarely heard works by well-known composers. Pro Arte also provides encouragement to Boston-area composers by commissioning and performing their new works. In June of 1994 the Orchestra received an American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) award for adventurous programming of contemporary music.
Moreover, Pro Arte seeks to make classical music accessible to the entire community. Through our Access to the Best Music program, low income, at-risk, disabled, and elderly individuals receive free or discounted admission to Orchestra events and many of the best seats in the house. Since 1983 the Orchestra has supplied these tickets even when they could have been sold at full price. After concerts, music lovers gather at Ask the Artists sessions to discuss the performance they have just heard with the conductor and with guest artists.