Johnstown Symphony crowdsources playlists during period of concert cancellations

Posted on: March 31, 2020

“In response to the coronavirus canceling upcoming Johnstown Symphony Orchestra events, the organization has created its ‘Music that Heals—Connecting Our Community With Sound’ series for its social media platforms,” writes Kelly Urban in Thursday’s (3/26) Tribune-Democrat (Johnstown, PA). “ ‘We needed to find a way to connect to the community through music but without being able to get together in person,’ said Maestro James Blachly…. A few times a week the JSO is posting playlists submitted by individuals that have been curated by Blachly and artistic staff or guest curators. ‘We do an eblast to people who are on our mailing list and we post to Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages,’ Blachly said…. Blachy said the response to the series has been positive with about 50 people making suggestions of music [including] classical pieces from Ludwig van Beethoven and Johann Sebastian Bach, as well selections curated by Jeff Webb, director of the Johnstown Symphony Chorus, and Rachel Allen, a certified music practitioner, sound healer and yoga teacher…. ‘Nothing replaces hearing music live, there’s no comparison, but this is what we’re able to do and I’m glad that it seems to be reaching a lot of people,’ Blachly said.”