For the health and safety of its supporters and musicians, The Scottsdale Philharmonic has postponed its May 17 live concert.
Other adjustments, according to a press release, include the orchestra and the new Youth Orchestra members practicing at home for next season.
“We have not yet set a new date for the concert but encourage our classical music lovers to check our website for updates,” said Joy Partridge, co-founder of the Scottsdale Philharmonic, in a prepared statement.
“The Scottsdale Philharmonic is so grateful for our patrons. We look forward to playing live again for everyone as soon as possible.”
She encouraged the public to see the website at scottsdalephilharmonic.com for a link to a recording of a past concert presention of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony.
Last spring, the Scottsdale Philharmonic expanded its mission with the creation of the Scottsdale Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, the release said.
Dr. Daniel Atwood, whose musical career interests began when he joined his school’s band in fourth grade, was selected to direct the SPYO, noted the release.
Dr. Atwood, who teaches K-2 music at Archway Classical Academy Veritas where he also directs the ACAV String Club, serves as principal horn of the Scottsdale Philharmonic along with directing the SPYO, and playing principal horn in the Scottsdale Philharmonic.
“We held auditions last spring and have more than 20 youth string players who performed two free concerts in the fall and spring,” said Mr. Atwood, who moved to the Phoenix area two years ago, in a prepared statement.
“Since we can’t be together to practice in person right now, each member is making an audio clip at home and sending them to me to blend together. We plan to offer these recordings to our supporters soon."
He noted that students in grades 7-12 interested in joining can submit an audition tape this summer for the next season.
The Scottsdale Philharmonic is funded by donations from patrons, grants and sponsors. Over 85 professional musicians volunteer their time and talent for each of the Scottsdale Philharmonic performances.
The organization has been nominated four times for a Governor’s Arts Award, added the release.
For more information: scottsdalephilharmonic.com; or call 480-951-6077.