Lansing Symphony is giving the first live indoor concert since 2020
LANSING, Michigan (WILX) – The Lansing Symphony Orchestra is preparing to perform in front of a live audience for the first time since January 2020. However, if you are planning on attending the concert that Saturday at the Wharton Center in East Lansing, there are a few things you should know.
Timothy Muffitt has not conducted his orchestra on stage since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, i.e. until Tuesday evening. This Saturday the orchestra held its first personal rehearsal for its concert.
“We’re just so excited. We’re all so excited to be back on this stage, ”said Muffitt. “We have put together an event-specific program. We wanted a program that was left out, but also had time to think. “
Dr. Gretchen Morse, oboe and cor anglais for the symphony, couldn’t be more excited to play in front of a live audience.
“We missed her as much as we missed each other,” said Morse. “The audience – that’s why we’re here. When we play, we play for you. It is our way of connecting our hearts to yours and making a difference. To have to go without it for 18 months was tough. “
However, the concert on Saturday will be different from the concerts before the pandemic. For example, the participants in the concert, including the musicians, are required to present a vaccination card. If they are not fully vaccinated, they must have a negative Covid-19 test. Masks are also compulsory at concerts.
Finally, no breaks are taken to limit large gatherings in the lobby.
For Dr. Morse, there is nothing more exciting than starting their 28th season after such a difficult year.
Morse said: “Music to us is almost like eating and sleeping to the human body. It’s a part of us and that’s how we express ourselves and suddenly not having that anymore was really difficult. “
Director Muffitt said he, too, can’t wait to feel the audience’s energy that they have missed so much.
“We get so much energy back from the audience,” said Muffit. “The audience is literally part of the performance and we can feel it out there. We take the energy we get from them and feed it through ourselves as musicians. It influences what comes out in the end. “
Tickets for the concert on Saturday can be found here on the Lansing Symphony website.
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