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VIRTUAL Concerts & COVID-19: Lessons Learned & What the Future Holds (5:00 pm PST)

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Wed, February 10, 2021
05:00PM - 06:00PM
Virtual Zoom Event
450 Serra Mall, Stanford CA 94305
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Ms. Beverly Chong, '81

The COVID-19 pandemic forced almost all musical performances to be canceled.  Musicians suddenly were unable to perform.  Music lovers were deprived of the joy of watching live symphonic performances.  Symphonies worried that they would lose touch with their audiences.  Francesco Lecce-Chong, the charismatic music director of two symphonies, led the effort to conduct the Santa Rosa Symphony in online performances featuring groups of up to 32 musicians, socially distanced on stage, in the fall of 2020 – all for free.  It is something that only a handful of select orchestras around the world have done.

So how did it go?  Were the online concerts a success?  Will live performance return or will we continue to enjoy music only through online concerts?

Join your fellow alumni as Francesco returns to Stanford to discuss the lessons learned from conducting online performances, the impact on music lovers and musicians, and the future of in-person and online orchestral performance.  Francesco will share short clips of his Fall 2020 performances, featuring Beethoven in celebration of the 250th anniversary of his birth.  He is also excited to share the news about his groundbreaking collaboration this spring with renowned composer, Ellen Taaffe Zwilich – the first woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for music.

This event is organized by the Stanford Women’s Club of San Francisco and co-sponsored by the Stanford Club of Sonoma County.



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