Spokane Symphony’s music director, locked down in Scotland, planning for life post-COVID-19

Posted on: April 20, 2020

“Right now, I’m supposed to be in Spokane preparing to conduct Bruckner’s Ninth Symphony,” writes Spokane Symphony Music Director James Lowe in Friday’s (4/17) Spokesman-Review (WA). “Thanks to COVID-19 … I’m locked down in the rural Scottish Borders in the far southeast of Scotland with my fiancée, Charlotte…. All my time in the last weeks has been poured into the efforts to save the Spokane Symphony…. We rely on income from performances to stay afloat. With our income reduced to essentially zero, I, most of the staff and all the musicians find ourselves out of work. We have had to make some horribly difficult decisions …starting with the cancellation or postponement of the rest of our 74th season and escalating quickly into mass furloughs to enable us to survive … until we are all allowed out again.… We have set up a Musicians’ Relief Fund…. Meanwhile, [our] upcoming 75th season … will start on Sept. 19 and 20 with the work we were due to end with this [season]: Mahler’s ‘Resurrection’ Symphony, a work that journeys from despair to triumph. It will be an incredibly moving and appropriate way to mark the rebirth of the Spokane Symphony in the fall.”