Community Partners Virtually Join in Celebration for Digital Beethoven Festival
Last week the Seattle Symphony announced the cancellation of concerts for the remainder of the 2019–2020 season in an effort to reduce the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).
Today, the Orchestra announces the continuation of free video rebroadcasts and livestreams through June to provide strength, comfort and joy as our community confronts the current global health crisis.
Since March, the Seattle Symphony has built a range of regular broadcasts with viewership reaching over 635,000 to date for the Symphony’s expanded online offerings.
The video lineup features concert rebroadcasts of past performances every Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. The Symphony also brings weekly installments of education programs Meet the Instrument on Wednesdays and Tiny Clips for Tiny Tots on Fridays. Daily Morning Notes feature short performances from musicians of the orchestra.
In celebration of Beethoven’s 250th birthday, Music Director Thomas Dausgaard and the Seattle Symphony have been working in close collaboration with valued partners to bring community members onstage as artists, composers and performers.
While the orchestra cannot gather as originally planned, the artists and community partners will connect virtually for a digital Beethoven Festival to share in music and conversation exploring Beethoven’s legacy and continued relevance in the present-day.
Throughout the week of June 22, the Symphony invites audiences to partake in a collection of hosted panel discussions and special performances by Symphony musicians and Beethoven Festival partner artists.
“I believe music has the power to transform lives and bring people together in new and surprising ways,” shares Music Director Thomas Dausgaard. “Even though we can’t gather at Benaroya Hall, I’m so happy we’ll still be sharing musical moments together, whether you’re at home in Seattle or halfway across the world.”
In recent years, the Seattle Symphony has been at the forefront of curating community-driven artistic projects in a way that amplifies the voices and stories of marginalized populations.
These projects, which have invited community members to compose and perform alongside Seattle Symphony musicians, have furthered the conversation about the role of music in surprising and meaningful ways.
They include Prism Project with youth from Accelerator YMCA, New Horizons and YouthCare; Lost and Found with Path with Art; We Are the Art with Plymouth Housing Group; We Are All Here as part of a larger community project presented by Path with Art, All of Us Belong with Catholic Housing Services, Compass Housing Alliance, Mary’s Place and Plymouth Housing Group; Lullaby Project in partnership with Mary’s Place; and Native Lands with local Native American communities.
“The Seattle Symphony created the original concept for the Beethoven Festival with a focus to shape a more inclusive understanding of culture and what it means to be enriched by diversity and creativity,” shares Krishna Thiagarajan, Seattle Symphony President & CEO. “As we’re all experiencing this period of dramatic change, we’re asking what it means to be a member of this community, a representative of the Pacific Northwest, and how we can help achieve that when we can’t physically be together. These, then, are the questions we will continue to ask through our music today and going forward as we manage these unprecedented times. I hope you will join us in this exploration — online today and back in Benaroya Hall or your neighborhood when it is safe again.”
Inspired by the orchestra’s dedication to serving the community, more than 6,000 people have stepped forward with a donation since the closure of Benaroya Hall. These funds support the Seattle Symphony Future Fund, providing critical resources to ensure a bright future for symphonic music in our community.
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The Seattle Symphony looks forward to welcoming audiences back to Benaroya Hall again very soon and wishes everyone health and comfort in the coming weeks.
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Posted on May 22, 2020READ MORE BEYOND THE STAGE