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Cornell Concert Series Works to Keep the Music Playing

Kate Blackwood
Singer standing in front of music stand with musicians playing string instruments on wither side in a concert hall

Social distancing measures canceled the last two shows of the spring 2020 Cornell Concert Series, challenging organizers to connect performers with fans in new ways. Series manager Deborah Justice is posting reflections from performing artists and others–including conductors, tour agents and sound technicians. “I wanted to shed some light on how these cancellations ripple across different aspects of the economy and to honor the complexity of the impact,” she said.

Justice also shifted a musical mentorship program, sponsored by Engaged Cornell. Before social distancing measures took effect, members of Cornell’s orchestras were meeting in person with kids from local elementary schools. As this program went virtual, Justice has been working to connect outside collaborators and concert series artists with young musicians online.