Tucson Symphony postpones 2020-21 live season, replaces concerts with digital performances and education programs

Posted on: August 3, 2020

“Tucson Symphony Orchestra is postponing its 2020-21 season, opting instead to present digital performances by small ensembles, rebroadcasting concerts from past seasons and hosting online discussions with musicians and Music Director José Luis Gomez,” writes Cathalena E. Burch in Thursday’s (7/30) Arizona Daily Star. “Also in the works: Continuing and expanding the orchestra’s educational programs including its breakthrough Young Composers Project online…. Details are still being worked out.… ‘This is not just about putting a video of a solo or trio quintet or larger on a computer screen. That’s why we want to take a little time and not rush this process either,’ Gomez said…. ‘This will be a sustained model moving forward.’ … The orchestra is the latest Tucson arts organization to announce changes to its season in response to the COVID-19 crisis….. Gomez said the move to digital content is ‘reinvigorating’ the orchestra and its mission…. The shift to the virtual world … ‘is an exciting opportunity for us,’ said TSO CEO and President Stephen Haines…. ‘We need to ensure that we are putting music in people’s hands when we talk about accessibility and accessibility to the arts, this is going to redefine what that is.’ ”