The WholeNote’s 18th Annual Choral Canary Pages PREVIEW: First fifty choirs are in First priority when circumstances permit? Getting back to attending live events, of course. Meanwhile, staying in touch with musicians I know ... keeps me occupied and somewhat hopeful. Meanwhile we’ve launched free, online broadcasts of concerts from the archives, some with video and some that are audio only. Each broadcast will feature a video introduction and a live chat with orchestra musicians throughout. I have a whole bunch of incredible community partners up here and down south, and some of them are brilliantly and bravely reframing their work and pushing forward. If it starts with the allowance of parties coming together in groups of 10 or less, I will begin by performing concerts for 10 people. Just think, I might even sell out my first concert after Corona! In the meanwhile, hospital patients and the elderly, … to raise their spirits can view these virtual performances from the safety and comfort of their own rooms and with their own personal devices. What’s been taken away from me most at this moment is peace of mind and family vacations. I had been planning to take some time away from work and piano to spend time with my family and go on vacation. Online technology is effective as a means to learn new music but not for experiencing the magic of ensemble performing; we all miss the synergy and support of actually singing together, with or without an audience. For the most part I've actually been very fortunate in terms of the impact of COVID-19 on my various endeavours thus far. In a funny way, I feel as though it has created a receptive climate for recorded music and that's … been tremendously heartening.
25 th SEASON! Vol 25 No 8 MAY AND JUNE 2020 Next season will see the first of our regional runout concerts attached to our main Sudbury season. We would love for any Northern Ontarians interested in bringing top-level classical music and musicians to their communities to contact us. Even the skeptics have upped their Zoom game: people I thought would never turn on their web cams have finally done so. COMMUNITY VOICES How May is & what may be So in the meanwhile, I have been playing Beethoven and Debussy on the piano daily. … Witnessing how opera companies across Canada are dealing with the crisis and planning for the future. Advocating for inclusion of more artist voices so that our new reality on the other side of this works for administrators, as well as for creators and performers. COVID-19 has brought forward the tipping point, hastening the creation of new structures to support the creation and production of the arts in a different way than has been the case through the latter half of the 20th century to now. Strong developments and innovation arise in hard times as we focus on what matters. I miss the magic when the lights go down and the curtain rises. I miss the symbiotical flow of energy between us performers and our audiences, and yes I even miss the stress of preparation before. No longer bound by geography, we have engaged Canadian solo artists who live abroad and wouldn’t normally be able to perform with us. We have also set up a Patreon page so that people can support us with small monthly contributions. We’re optimistic that things will eventually return, but it’s going to take a long while … Right now, this all kind of feels like jazz: we’re improvising …
25 th SEASON! Vol 25 No 8 MAY AND J
HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE Mozart Party SEP