Southern Arizona Symphony creates video tribute to Tucson frontline nurses

Posted on: June 1, 2020

“Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra wanted to honor Tucson nurses on the frontline of the coronavirus pandemic with a little music,” writes Cathalena Burch in Thursday’s (5/28) Arizona Daily Star (Tucson). “One problem: The volunteer orchestra couldn’t gather in the same room to perform and their music director, Linus Lerner, was literally 5,000 miles away.… So they … turned to the internet. A handful of the orchestra members, with Lerner conducting them from [his native] Brazil, performed Italian composer Ennio Morricone’s ‘Gabriel’s Oboe’ from the 1986 British film ‘The Mission.’ … The musicians spent about two weeks performing their individual parts, which they sent to Lerner to edit. Lerner … said he chose Morricone’s well-known work because of the message it sends of hope and unity regardless of class and ethnicity.… ‘When it was played in the movie, (the song) was used to bring people together,’ Lerner said. ‘This is a time for us to be together because the (coronavirus) disease does not choose rich or poor, but all. And we depend on those in health care to take good care of us in case we need it.’ The video is posted on SASO’s Facebook page and YouTube.”