Jacksonville Symphony is Livestreaming Concerts during Coronavirus Pandemic
Tiffany Ash is really optimistic about how groups have rallied to help out during this pandemic, and glad that it hasn’t stopped the Jacksonville Symphony from sharing its performances with audiences who need the uplifting qualities of music at this most difficult of times.
The Jacksonville Symphony has been using the internet to share its live ensemble performances online via streaming and will continue to do so over the following weeks. All concerts are offered as a public service and can be viewed for free on the orchestra’s official website, Facebook page, and YouTube channel.
The Jacksonville Symphony has already livestreamed several shows, including some Tiffany Ash considers her favorites: the core orchestra’s Give My Regards to Broadway concert on March 14; a string ensemble’s rendition of timeless melodies from Bach, Rossini, and more on April 17; and a string quartet program highlighting classics from Mozart, Debussy, and Dvořák on April 24.
Due to social distancing rules, all live performances will feature small ensembles.
“We may be unable to present the full orchestra onstage at this time, but we are grateful to be able to broadcast a performance to the community,” says the Jacksonville Symphony.
Recordings of previous concerts are also livestreamed on the orchestra’s sites. In addition, Jacksonville Symphony Music Director Courtney Lewis and the organization’s musicians are using the aforementioned social media channels to share at-home content.
The coronavirus pandemic and subsequent lock-down made it necessary for the Jacksonville Symphony to cancel the remainder of its 2019-2020 season.
“The health of the Symphony’s musicians, staff, Board, volunteers and patrons is a priority, and this decision is the best for the circumstances,” the Jacksonville Symphony says in a statement on its website.
Tiffany Ash commends the Jacksonville Symphony for providing all its musicians and employees regular salaries and benefits despite the cancellations.
Some of the cancelled performances include March 29’s Peter and the Wolf, April 24-25’s Brahms Symphony No. 2, May 30-31’s Jurassic Park: Film with Orchestra, and June 12-13’s Season Finale: Beethoven’s Ninth.
Tiffany Ash is happy to share that patrons who have already purchased tickets for the cancelled shows have the option of either offering their tickets as donations to the Symphony, or exchanging them for any upcoming Masterworks, Coffee, or Pops concerts.
The Jacksonville Symphony will be moving forward with its 2020/21 season, giving the community and classical music aficionados worldwide more performances to enjoy in the near future.
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