Stamford Advocate

Stamford orchestra chosen for giant national symphony showcase

- By Veronica Del Valle veronica.delvalle@hearstmedi­

STAMFORD — The city’s symphony orchestra will participat­e in the first-ever national “United Symphonies of America!” showcase, representi­ng Connecticu­t among 30 other regional orchestras across the country.

The hour-long virtual program fuses education and entertainm­ent and serves as a fundraisin­g opportunit­y for local orchestras still hamstrung by the pandemic.

After almost two years of COVID-19 restrictio­ns and limited indoor capacity, the outlook for inperson music remains uncertain.

As a way to highlight that nebulous future, the United Symphonies of America wants to highlight how the pandemic has molded the past year. Each participat­ing organizati­on will shine a light on their annual programmin­gs — like Nutcracker events with local ballet companies or educationa­l initiative­s aimed at school children — as a way to emphasize their community impact.

“This local program will showcase how Stamford Symphony aims to make sure everyone in our community has access to the transforma­tive and healing power of music,” Music Director Michael Stern said in a press release.

In lieu of ticket sales for the online event, scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Sept. 30, attendees are encouraged to “support their local orchestras by making donations or purchasing promotiona­l Tshirts and hats” from the showcase itself.

Companies and individual­s in the Stamford area that wish to provide support in the lead-up to the event are encouraged to contact Stamford Symphony at 203-325-1407 or office@stamfordsy­

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