New Online Source for Orchestra Livestreams, Videos, and Educational Resources During COVID-19 Pandemic
As concert halls across the country go dark due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Symphony of Southeast Texas and other orchestras have given hope and solace to a quarantined public by making an unprecedented number of online performances and educational resources available free of charge. The Symphony of Southeast Texas is now featured in the League of American Orchestras’ new Symphony Spot (symphonyspot.org), a one-stop hub of orchestra livestreams, videos, and digital learning events from more than 100 members and friends of the League.
“You know we’re going into new frontiers,” Music Director Chelsea Tipton said. “There’s going to be a new normal once we all get back to work. And new normals are not necessarily bad. And perhaps this might be the start of another way that we can connect with our community. But for now, we just wanted to see if we can assist our public-school system and assist the parents who are teaching their kids during this pandemic.”
“During this uncertain time, we’ve seen firsthand the value and connection orchestras bring to the public,” commented League President and CEO Jesse Rosen. “Orchestras of all sizes are continuing to serve their communities throughout this crisis, whether through streaming musicians’ live performances from home, by offering archival audio and video performances online, or by providing parents, students, and teachers with valuable educational resources. We’re proud to present this one-stop resource in order to highlight the inspirational music reverberating across the country.”
The League’s new Symphony Spot serves as a hub of member orchestras’ essential content, giving teachers, journalists, bloggers, and the general public a one-stop landing place to explore.
From a performance of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra; the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra’s Bedtime with Bach video series; and the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s BSO Homeschool initiative featuring lesson plans, instrument demonstrations, and virtual lessons, to cutting-edge new music offered by American Composers Orchestra, you’ll find content from more than 100 orchestras, venues, and soloists. And the site grows daily.
The Symphony of Southeast Texas has posted a recording of the Classic Series III concert, The Romantic Spirit of Music, as well as Musician educational videos and a Youth Education Concert recap by Maestro Tipton. Please visit the SOST YouTube channel for all the latest content.
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The Symphony of Southeast Texas, embarking on its 67th season, is a regional, professional orchestra based in Beaumont, Texas. The Symphony performs a number of subscription concerts, educational programs and other concerts throughout Southeast Texas each year. SOST’s home base is the Julie Rogers Theatre in downtown Beaumont. The orchestra is composed of local musicians from Beaumont vicinity, as well as many musicians from the Houston and Lake Charles areas.
The League of American Orchestras leads, supports, and champions America’s orchestras and the vitality of the music they perform. Its diverse membership of more than 1,700 organizations and individuals across North America runs the gamut from world-renowned orchestras to community groups, from summer festivals to student and youth ensembles, from conservatories to libraries, from businesses serving orchestras to individuals who love symphonic music. The only national organization dedicated solely to the orchestral experience, the League is a nexus of knowledge and innovation, advocacy, and leadership advancement. Its conferences and events, award-winning Symphony magazine, website, and other publications inform people around the world about orchestral activity and developments. Founded in 1942 and chartered by Congress in 1962, the League links a national network of thousands of instrumentalists, conductors, managers and administrators, board members, volunteers, and business partners. Visit americanorchestras.org.
For information on SOST’s concerts this season, please check our website at www.sost.org or call the Symphony Office at (409) 892-2257.
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