ProMusica Chamber Orchestra chooses Mahler for first in-person performances in 2021

Posted on: April 13, 2021

“Last summer, the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra made a commitment to continue performing during the pandemic,” writes Peter Tonguette in Sunday’s (4/11) Columbus Dispatch (OH). “ProMusica launched a series of festival-style performances presented either in nontraditional venues or recorded for online viewing. And, as virus numbers in central Ohio ebbed and flowed, so, too, did the orchestra’s plans. ‘The best way to describe it is “SummerFEST” was fully outdoors; “AutumnFEST” indoors, safely; “WinterFEST” was no live audiences; and “SpringFEST” springs eternal hope,’ said ProMusica CEO Janet Chen…. ‘SpringFEST’ will kick off next weekend…. On April 17 and 18, a reduced ensemble of orchestra musicians will perform [a chamber arrangement of] Mahler’s ‘Symphony No. 4’ at [an] event space.… Concerts will be restricted to 100 patrons; masks and social distancing are required…. ‘SpringFEST’ will continue April 23 with the premiere of a recently recorded digital concert [featuring] wind serenades by Dvořák and Strauss [and] works for strings by Anna Clyne and Samuel Coleridge-Taylor. Additional in-person concerts, currently being planned for dates in June, will round out the season…. Music Director David Danzmayr, who will conduct the concerts, has enjoyed leading online offerings but is glad to be back in front of audiences.”