Managing The Pressure, Musicians Turn To Alternative Performances

Posted at 11:02 PM, Dec 01, 2020

LANSING, Mich. — Stages across the country have gone dark because of COVID. That's leaving musicians and their audiences desperate for any kind of live performances. Chris Conte shows us how one orchestra is taking their show on the road to help strangers manage the pressure of the pandemic.

So much has been taken from us this year. So much silence. So hard to remember what it use to feel like. We always have nerves, always have nerves, but for Jason Snider, all too familiar feelings of his first time performing at Symphony Hall in Boston, suddenly came back.

"It felt like i was driving in for the audition the day that I won this job." Since March, this stage and others like it across the country have sat empty. Still unsafe for audiences to return inside Jason snider and four of his colleagues went outside.

"I hope we catch people’s attention, remind them that we’re here." As some of the best french horn players in the country, a city street corner is a long way from the prestigious stages they are use to, but it is a stage none the less.

Live music, there’s no replacement for it. Over the years these four have toured the world together.on this particular day though. They were on a trolley, traveling the city. They stopped outside hospitals filled with COVID patients offering a crescendo of chords to remind people what's been missing since March.

Live music, it’s been a long time. Leslie Wu Foley shared that "it’s a reminder of that visceral experience you get when you’re listening to music, it’s a physical sensation." As the Director of Education for the Boston symphony, Leslie Wu Foley wanted people to listen, to feel music again.

There’s nothing like that in-person experience of changing the air around you. Music does something for you and it’s really great. It's a song being written by musicians from coast-to-coast. This is something that’s popping up all around the country, managing the pressure of this pandemic has been hard, it's been lonely and it's been quiet.

There is no replacement for that visceral feeling but finding a common chord might be the best way for us to find some common ground. We do think there are a lot of silver linings and lessons we can take with us after the pandemic

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