Port Angeles Symphony suspends rehearsals and performances, following new safety guidelines

Posted on: November 20, 2020

“The Port Angeles Symphony Orchestra has suspended its performance activities due to heightened safety precautions across Washington state, conductor and music director Jonathan Pasternack announced this week,” reads an unsigned article in Wednesday’s (11/18) Peninsula Daily News (Port Angeles, WA). “ ‘We were so fortunate to have had the opportunity to prepare and record our Nov. 7 program, before having to suspend our activities again,’ Pasternack said. Earlier this month, a Symphony ensemble produced a special concert video that is now available for viewing online.… The concert, along with an interview with guest soloists, the Sempre Sisters—[violinist] Charlotte Marckx and [cellist] Olivia Marckx—are free … The ensemble recorded an hour-long performance of Brahms’ Double Concerto and Mendelssohn’s Octet for Strings while practicing safety protocols…. Pasternack had planned a Dec. 12 concert with a slightly larger chamber orchestra … to be offered online. But with the restrictions on gatherings imposed this week through Dec. 14, rehearsals and the video recording aren’t possible. Pasternack’s hope is that members of the Symphony, including musicians from Port Townsend, Sequim and Port Angeles, will meet again on Jan. 25 to start rehearsals for a Feb. 20 concert” featuring string scores by Vivaldi and Tchaikovsky.