You don't have to go far to listen to new music from the Oregon Mandolin Orchestra.
The orchestra is inviting music lovers to visit a new series of online concert performances posted on the orchestra's website and social media pages. According to a press release by the group on Wednesday, July 29, OMO is kicking off the series with a video of the orchestra performing "Santa Morena," written by Brazilian composer Jacob do Bandolim and arranged by Charles Whitman, a first mandolinist in the orchestra.
The concert performance was part of the Portland Community College Rock Creek Experience Music Series. This series was offered in conjunction with the PCC Rock Creek Tuesday evening music appreciation class.
"COVID-19 may be here for the foreseeable future," said Christian McKee, Oregon Mandolin Orchestra music director. "But life doesn't stop completely, and we need music now more than before the pandemic began. These videos contain some old live favorites, and our small contributions to the global surge in physically distanced performance and creativity. We hope you enjoy them all."
The Oregon Mandolin Orchestra originally planned a full 2020 concert season with a full slate of live on-stage performances in the spring, summer and fall, as well as the holiday season. But the schedule was skipped due to health and safety concerns for orchestra members and concertgoers, the orchestra said.
As for the online series of concert performances, they can be shared among friends and additional concert postings will appear periodically on the OMO website and social media pages, including Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
According OMO, McKee is coordinating production of a "COVID, socially distanced" performance video of orchestra members playing separately in their own homes but united by modern technical magic and a longing to play music.
The orchestra hopes to resume public performances in 2021. For more information, visit oregonmandolinorchestra.org.
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