Johnstown Symphony’s virtual wine tastings during the pandemic

Posted on: August 4, 2020

“The Johnstown Symphony Orchestra is taking its entertainment virtual with a wine-tasting experience,” writes Kelly Urban in Wednesday’s (7/29) Tribune-Democrat (Johnstown, PA). “ ‘JSO Lifting Spirits: One Glass/Class at a Time: The Series’ will be held … Aug. 22, Nov. 7, Jan. 23 and March 20 via the Zoom video conferencing platform. Participants will hear from [wine expert] J. Austin Bitner, … who also has advanced degrees in opera and vocal performance from the Peabody Conservatory…. Prior to the Zoom call, attendees will be sent a bottle of the wine for that event’s tasting…. A question-and-answer session will follow Bitner’s remarks. ‘We’ve received feedback from the community about what people need from us during this time,’ said Jessica Satava, executive director of the JSO. ‘Many are looking for ways to learn something from home to expand ourselves, connect with each other and support our orchestra.’ She said Maestro James Blachly and Bitner are working together to make each evening in the series a sensory experience.… Proceeds will be used… ‘to provide the healing experience of music for residential facilities…. There is a real need for it in the region,’ Blachly said.”