At Shreveport Symphony, ongoing adaptations to programming as pandemic evolves

Posted on: December 23, 2020

“The Shreveport Symphony Orchestra is learning to improvise as the COVID-19 pandemic endures,” writes Tiana Kennell in Friday’s (12/18) Shreveport Times (LA). “The SSO will not perform live concerts early in the new year, in keeping with state guidelines. Virtual live-stream and pre-recorded shows may be options … instead of or in addition to the in-person shows…. ‘This season is about adaptation and reinvention,’ said Michael Butterman, music director and conductor…. ‘Much of the repertoire consists of music that has been ‘re-imagined’ or adapted: Richter’s take on Vivaldi, chamber versions of Copland and Mahler, the transformation of Shostakovich’s eighth string quartet into his Chamber Symphony.’ … The SSO’s … official season will kick off with the ‘Holiday Celebration in Louisiana’ concert…. The Mahler Symphony No. 4 … scheduled for Jan. 9 and 10, has been postponed. A new date will be announced…. SSO’s Chamber Music Series will return with free, public, virtual concerts…. Programming is ongoing with area schools, remotely. [Chamber concerts] include a collaboration with guest pianist Simone Dinnerstein and SSO violinist Jennifer Carsillo. The Emerald String Quartet take on Schubert and Beethoven, the I-49 Brass debuts the new commission, ‘Commute’ by Costas Dafnis, and more.”