- Associated Press - Thursday, July 17, 2014

FLINT, Mich. (AP) - Flint-area musicians are serenading bus passengers and community members in an effort to increase arts awareness.

The Flint Journal reports (http://bit.ly/1qhzQsB ) a string trio, composed of a violinist, violist and cellist from the Flint Symphony, played classical music in the city bus station Wednesday afternoon. It’s part of a program called Culture Shock that aims to broaden residents’ musical tastes and deepen their understanding of arts and culture.

Bus passenger Martha Dellinger-Nass says she took a later bus so she could enjoy the trio’s performance.

“Some people don’t even realize that they like (classical music) until they hear it, because they’re not exposed to it,” she said. “There’s going to be that one person who’s never heard it or been exposed to it, and it’s going to click with them.”

Near the end of the trio’s performance, passengers approached the musicians to ask questions about their music, experiences and future performances.

“Particularly nowadays, the classical world is looking for ways to broaden our audiences,” said Daniel Winnick, a fourth-year member of the Flint Symphony. “We believe our music can be enjoyed by anyone, it’s just a matter of getting it exposed to more people.”

Culture Shock, which is sponsored by a local nonprofit, also performs at community events in Flint. Members of the program took families from Flint’s public housing program to the Flint Institute of Art on Saturday.

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Information from: The Flint Journal, http://www.mlive.com/flint