Greetings to the Charlottesville Symphony’s friends and fans across Central Virginia and beyond!
Many of you have taken the time to tell us how much you miss hearing the orchestra perform. We share your sense of loss acutely.
While this probably won’t come as a surprise, I need to make it official. The Charlottesville Symphony joins hundreds of other American orchestras in announcing that it will not present live public concerts through December 31, 2020. While we are deeply disappointed, this action is necessary to ensure the health and safety of our orchestra members, staff, volunteers and audiences. We hope to resume live performances in February, 2021, although tentative plans are subject to change as we continue to monitor recommendations from public health experts. We will provide updates throughout the fall months.
Music Director Benjamin Rous adds, “Our reason for being is to join together in live music. We are naturally dismayed that we can't perform our live concerts, but we look forward with the sweetest anticipation to the time when we finally can. Although we won't meet in person, the Charlottesville Symphony will continue as a virtual course for our student members, and we will look for every opportunity to include you in our virtual activities.”
Music is never far from our hearts and minds. So we offer this link to a performance of the Chaconne from J.S. Bach’s well-known Partita No. 2 in D minor by our Principal Trombone, Nate Lee, and his American Trombone Quartet. Members of the quartet are joined by guest Michael Mulcahy of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Originally written by Bach for solo violin and arranged here for five trombones, the Chaconne draws on a stately Baroque dance form in which a basic theme heard at the opening is re-stated in multiple variations.