The Phoenix Symphony returns live on stage

Dated: September 4 2021

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As people contended with lockdowns and health protocols to stave off the health menace called COVID-19, the economy ground to a halt. Among those hardly hit by the economic crunch were the arts and culture communities.

Even in Arizona, local artists and musicians lost so many revenue opportunities. They also had to deal with the challenges of performing and creating art for the community at a time when people need it the most.

A good case in point is the Phoenix Symphony. This is their journey of resilience and hope in an uncertain and dangerous new normal.

The show must go on: The Phoenix Symphony amid the pandemic

Saving grace

The Phoenix Symphony was one of the fine arts groups that strived to keep the show going despite numerous – and nearly fatal – setbacks in 2020.

32 out of 90 performances scheduled for the year were canceled, costing them nearly half their annual revenue in ticket sales. These financial constraints forced the organization to lay off all 66 musicians and a third of the artistic and administrative personnel.

But three weeks after that heartbreaking decision, the government’s Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) provided the Phoenix Symphony with enough funds to sustain itself and keep its musicians and employees employed for the duration of the canceled spring season.

Keeping us connected with music

Apart from raising funds for the organization, the group also had to find ways to keep music alive for the community. The Phoenix Symphony ventured into online outreach initiatives, like live-streamed conversations with Tito Muñoz, the Virginia G. Piper Music Director, alongside airings of past performances from the “Phoenix Symphony Broadcast Series” on Arizona PBS.

They also uploaded a couple of videos online, one of which is a “gratitude series” of performances dedicated to healthcare workers and first responders. You can watch these videos, as well as other past performances, on the Phoenix Symphony official YouTube channel.

Hope springs forth in Spring 2021

The Phoenix Symphony, as well as the Arizona Opera and the Phoenix Chorale, worked tirelessly over the pandemic to stay connected with the audience. Now, with fresh PPP2 funding, almost half of Arizona’s residents fully vaccinated, and the state fully reopened, the Phoenix Symphony is ready to perform live for you again.

In May, the Phoenix Symphony held mini-concerts every Saturday of the month at the Daniel Cracchiolo Theater in the Arizona Science Center. They also continued to work alongside other Phoenix cultural organizations such as the Phoenix Art Museum, where they held a free live performance for guests on the first Friday of May.

Although there won’t be any new concerts or performances until September, you can check for upcoming concert schedules and ticket reservations here.

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After a long year of being isolated from one another, nothing would be better than reconnecting with the artistic spirit and creative energy of Arizona by visiting the museums, art galleries, and theaters in Scottsdale and Gilbert.

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