Get Outside And Enjoy A Little Socially-Distanced Music At SummerFEST

There are a lot of things that I’ve adapted to in 2020.

But one thing I’m struggling with is the lack of live concerts. I love music and always have, and in stressful times, I find it that it provides me with a level of comfort that no other art form can compete with.

But due to COVID-19, live performances have been few and far between. You can imagine my excitement when I heard that there would be an upcoming series of oudoor concerts here in Columbus. ProMucsica Chamber Orchestra is one of the most underrated performing arts groups in this city.

I know that classical music gets a bad reputation as being boring or “not for me”, but the truth is that music is beautiful and it exists to be heard by anyone. It doesn’t matter what your background is or how much money you make, and that’s what I love about it the most.

SummerFEST will feature a series of smaller outdoor concerts that provide proper social distancing and a chance to be entertained by some of Columbus’ most talented musicians.

“It has been over six months since we last performed as a full orchestra. To say we are ecstatic
to be back together for this two-week festival of outdoor concerts would be an understatement,” said Janet Chen, CEO of ProMusica. “For months we have worked non-stop to find new and innovative ways to perform safely –– not only for live audiences but also for our musicians. The ever-changing patterns of COVID-19 have challenged us to our core, but we are very proud to have put together SummerFEST that embodies all that we are committed to: safety; artistic excellence; unique locations; and geographic range to serve as much of our community as possible.”

In order to pull the concerts off safely, ProMusica management and Board of Trustees worked closely with the venues and the Franklin County Department of Health to ensure that the concerts are in compliance with all CDC guidelines. That means that all tickets will be purchased in advance, capacity will be limited, and face coverings and physical distancing will be enforced.

There will be three separate concert programs featuring up to 15 ProMusica musicians, spread out across the stage. Concerts will be approximately 60-75 minutes in length with no intermission and will be conducted by ProMusica’s Music Director David Danzmayr and feature Creative Partner violinist Vadim Gluzman.

“Performing together in the time of COVID-19 presents its own set of challenges,” said David Danzmayr, Music Director of ProMusica. “Just as we social distance in the audience, the musicians will also have strict social distancing rules on the stage, as well as health protocols they must follow for everyone’s safety.”

The series of 7 concerts will take place on various days at various locations throughout the city between August 30 and September 11. Tickets for the events range in price (between $11-$100) and can be purchased online. If you’d like to see the full line-up, you can visit the ProMusica website here.

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