This is an orchestra assembled of area professional musicians performing high quality music for the public. The programs are often based on themes and culture. Making this these programs free to the public provides people with an opportunity to hear symphonic music in a relaxed atmosphere on the campus of Washington University. Parents can bring their young children, whereas the youngest ones are not allowed in a St. Louis Symphony concert. People who might be intimidated by a more formal setting can have a chance to experience repertoire. Concerts are outdoor and people bring lawn chairs or blankets. By keeping this orchestra funded, musicians are kept employed during a very financially challenging time of year and audiences are presented live music.
Orchestral music is usually presented with great formality in a lavish performance space which promotes this music as intended for the elite and sophisticated. Not so, the summer GFO concerts in Washington University's Quad. The power of great orchestra music is presented outside with the informality and serenity or the space a part of the listening experience. Sandals, shorts and a lawn chair are all that is required to soak up the magic of the concerts of classical music. Special memorable performances are more unique when experienced under the stars and in stunning quietness in our bustling city. The GFO is an excellent professional orchestra providing summer concerts of high quality performances.