Lowell Philharmonic’s musical tribute to local first responders

Posted on: August 14, 2020

The Lowell Philharmonic in Massachusetts has released a musical tribute video honoring workers at Lowell General Hospital and other area first responders and essential workers. The 45-minute YouTube video—entitled “More Than Self”—features a virtual performance by the entire LPO from their homes, as well as a chamber ensemble performance by nine string musicians, recorded live following COVID protocols. Also featured in the video are Illumination Opera of Westford; soprano Catherine Psarakis; University of Massachusetts Lowell piano faculty member Jacob Hiser; and pianist Maxine Park, the orchestra’s Concerto Competition winner, performing “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Lowell Mayor John Leahy, Lowell City Manager Eileen Donoghue, and U.S. Congresswoman Lori Trahan are among community leaders offering spoken tributes to nurses, doctors, and staff at Lowell General Hospital in the video. Music Director Thomas Kociela describes the video as “a community event that has helped to bring Lowell closer together during a very tough time.” The video aired on Lowell local television station Channel 8 on July 19.