Steel City Strings planned an exciting 2020 season with a premiere of an Elena Kats-Chernin work in an all Australian program and a collaboration with acclaimed didgeridoo player William Barton. Both these events were cancelled due to the COVID-19 crisis. We are determined to keep our orchestra members and audience engaged during this collapse in the arts industry to see us through to the other side.
The project is an online show that will be streamed via Facebook to celebrate music and bring our communities together despite the challenges imposed by disaster and this health crisis.
Our audience and supporters need to see and hear us making music to maintain support for their regional orchestra. Our players need to feel valued and maintain connections with each other so that our orchestra family survives this crisis. It is vital to keep our musicians engaged to maintain their motivation and skills, so we can return to performing when restrictions are lifted.
The funds raised will go towards production costs including AV technicians, musicians’ fees and learning how to use technology to make music and engage with our audience.
We will broadcast free a meaningful performance at the beginning of July for disaster affected communities in our region with works about the recent bushfires and the experience of isolation. Local composer John Spence from the Wollongong Conservatorium has dedicated a new work to victims of the bushfires. The remaining repertoire includes music by Borodin, Prokoviev and possibly Elena Kats-Chernin from the Isolation Suite currently in development.
The project will keep some of our musicians and partners employed at a time when there is no income from live performance. Digital delivery oﬀers a new avenue for audience development and engagement from far and wide. The learning will be shared across the orchestra so that this digital presentation model will be transferable to other smaller ensembles of Steel City Strings players and other music groups in our local community to apply in the future.
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