LANSING, Mich. (WILX) – The Lansing Symphony Orchestra is preparing to perform for the first time to a live audience since January 2020. However, if you are planning to attend the concert this Saturday at the Wharton Center in East Lansing, there are some things you should know.
Timothy Muffitt has not conducted his orchestra on stage since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, that is to say until Tuesday evening. It was then that the orchestra held its first in-person rehearsal for their concert this Saturday.
“We are so thrilled. We’re all so excited to be back on this stage, ”Muffitt said. “We have set up a specific program from time to time. We wanted a program that was exuberant but also had time for reflection.
Dr. Gretchen Morse, an oboe and English horn player for the symphony, couldn’t be more excited to perform with a live audience.
“We missed them as much as we missed each other,” said Morse. “The audience is what we’re here for. When we play, we play for you. It’s our way of connecting our hearts to yours and making an impact. Being without that for 18 months was hard.
However, Saturday’s concert will be different from the pre-pandemic concerts. For example, those attending the concert, including musicians, must present proof of vaccination. If they are not fully vaccinated, they must have proof of a negative Covid-19 test. Masks will also be compulsory during the concert.
Finally, no intermission will be taken to limit large gatherings in the hall.
For Dr Morse, nothing could be more exciting than entering his 28th season after such a difficult year.
Morse said, “Music for us is almost like eating and sleeping for the human body. It’s a part of us and it’s the way we express ourselves and not having that anymore suddenly, it was really hard.
Director Muffitt said he too was eager to feel the energy of the audience they missed so much.
“We are recovering so much energy from the audience,” Muffit said. “The audience is literally part of the performance and we can feel it there. We take the energy we receive from them and feed it through ourselves as musicians. It affects what comes out at the end.
Tickets for Saturday’s concert are available on the Lansing Symphony website, here.
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