Wichita Symphony carries on with virtual concerts, Zoom recitals, new music by living composers

Posted on: December 22, 2020

“Its December concert was canceled, but Wichita Symphony Orchestra still wants to provide holiday entertainment,” writes David Burke in Sunday’s (12/20) Wichita Eagle (KS). “It’s doing so in several different ways: a string quartet concert on KPTS, the world premiere of a piece devoted to a Wichita landmark, and Zoom recitals featuring several of the symphony’s performers. ‘At Home for the Holidays with the Wichita Symphony’ will air on KPTS … Christmas Eve and … Christmas Day… A string quartet of concertmaster Holly Mulcahy, assistant concertmaster Timothy Jones, principal violist Catherine Consiglio and principal cellist Leonid Shukaev will perform the 30-minute program, recorded before the canceled Dec. 6 concert…. The quartet was filmed without an audience, but Mulcahy said, … ‘The cameramen after some of the pieces couldn’t stop applauding.’ ” Also covered are the orchestra’s December world premiere of George S. Clinton’s Prairie Reminiscence for string orchestra, streamed on the Wichita Symphony’s Facebook page; and weekly Zoom recitals run by Mulcahy and marketing manager Arleigh McCormick. The Zoom recitals were “also a springboard for connections such as Music Director Daniel Hege’s online introduction to composer Wang Jie, whose piece was played by the symphony in its October concert.”