Mankato Symphony set for first in-person concert of 2021

Posted on: April 23, 2021

“At a Monday night rehearsal … musicians are masked and each have their own music stand, six feet apart,” write Lauren Andrego and Gage Cureton in Wednesday’s (4/21) KEYC-TV (Mankato, MN). “These details will remind Sunday’s scaled-down, socially distanced audience of a year we couldn’t share the magic of music together, when they watch … the Mankato Symphony Orchestra’s first live concert in 16 months…. A professional cellist with the Minnesota Orchestra, [guest conductor] Silver Ainomäe returns to Mankato for the already sold-out show [featuring music by J.S. Bach, Antonio Vivaldi, and Ralph Vaughan Williams]. ‘As a performer, it’s only been a couple of times since last March that I’ve been in front of an audience,’ Ainomäe said…. Ainomäe says live-streamed concerts and other virtual performances are a silver lining derived from the pandemic, but a live concert just can’t be replicated…. MSO executive director Bethel Balge says performers are on the edge of their seats, eager to once again play together…. ‘The energy that you get and feed on from an audience is something that we don’t have,’ Balge said. ‘And that’s probably the greatest joy.’ … The performance will be … recorded and available later on the orchestra’s website.”