The bad news: STAMFORD SYMPHONY (stamfordsymphony.org) concerts were postponed. The good news: It welcomes Michael Stern, music director designate. “Michael’s artistry, energy and global network give us an opportunity, as a city and region, to elevate the symphony to the next level,” notes Russell Jones, president and CEO. “His leadership gives us the chance to imagine a larger orchestra capable of presenting even more challenging and inspiring repertoire. Further, we remain committed to bringing music to schools, historically underserved communities and the wider Fairfield County community.” He has conducted such symphonies as Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Seattle and Boston as well as the Cleveland and Philadelphia orchestras and the New York Philharmonic. He has also led major overseas orchestras, including London, Stockholm, Paris and Tokyo.
About the current COVID-19 crisis, he says: “We are feeling unsettled without being able to predict what comes next. But music can be many things to different people at different times. I have always felt, for everyone, that music can be an antidote to fear. During this time, our being more isolated because of social distancing does not change our need for community, for one another and for music. The musicians of the Stamford Symphony are not going to stop making music, and we want you to know that we are here with you and for you. That’s why we created our new Stamford Symphony Channel —to allow us to stay connected with you, and for you to stay close to our musicians and to music. We need to look forward together, and with hope and confidence, I can’t wait to start a new chapter for music and for the Orchestra in the new season this fall.”
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DURING THE CRISIS
“The Stamford Symphony Channel” was launched online. Music lovers can find musical content, including recorded performances by its musicians, interviews, articles, things for kids and more. It is continually updated with fresh content.