During performance halt due to pandemic, Memphis Symphony takes music online

Posted on: May 18, 2020

“Coronavirus has hit the music and entertainment industry hard,” writes Briseida Holguin on Wednesday (5/13) at WMC-TV (Memphis, TN). “In the guidelines for reopening America it’s not until phase three that large venues can reopen…. ‘It probably is a reasonable thing to minimize singing in any environment,’ said Dr. Steve Threlkeld, infectious disease specialist for Baptist Memorial Hospital [in Memphis]. Peter Abell, President and CEO of Memphis Symphony orchestra, says even though they don’t have an audience they are doing some performances.” As previously announced, the Memphis Symphony is paying musicians during the coronavirus crisis; it is posting new content by orchestra musicians and Music Director Robert Moody on social media, and radio station WKNO FM 91.1 is broadcasting archival performances on alternate Fridays. “Dr. Threlkeld says music groups coming together is a worry, making it unknown when live performances will come back…. Abell says not knowing when there will be another performance for Memphis symphony is unsettling. ‘It’s hard to put it all in words because we’re scared, but it’s more sad, I guess, because what we do is so responsive with the audience and … people need art, they need music, and they need to go and experience it,’ said Abell.”