Illinois Symphony launches YouTube channel and online Sunday recital series by musicians

Posted on: June 8, 2020

“ ‘Previous to the pandemic, things had been looking good and positive,’ said Illinois Symphony Orchestra executive director Trevor Orthmann … last week,” writes Scott Faingold in Thursday’s (6/4) Illinois Times (Springfield, IL). “The ISO found itself with a problem now common to arts organizations … how to keep their mission—and the music—alive…. A quick visit to the ISO’s ‘Symphony Channel’ on YouTube reveals several videos made and posted by individual members of the orchestra since the lockdown began…. Orthmann, ISO music director Ken Lam and director of marketing Beth Wakefield [also launched] a series of live performances to be streamed each week via YouTube. The ‘Sunday at Six Recital Series’ debuted on Sunday, May 31, with an hour-long concert by ISO Concertmaster Roy Meyer from his Chicago apartment.… Looking forward, Lam says that ideas are being considered for video and streaming in the future, even into the fall season…. The schedule of upcoming ‘Sunday at Six’ concerts will include … the ISO Percussion Ensemble (June 14); ISO principal horn Brian Goodwin (June 21); and will conclude on June 28 with ISO principal harp Eleanor Kirk, followed by an online version of the Illinois Symphony Orchestra’s annual fundraising gala.”