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Baltimore Symphony Youth Orchestra performs virtual finale concert, after live performance canceled

Baltimore Symphony Youth Orchestra
Posted at 11:08 AM, May 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-27 11:10:29-04

BALTIMORE — The Baltimore Symphony Youth Orchestra was supposed to play their Season Finale concert on May 17, but COVID-19 quickly changed that.

So one parent, Scott Porter, teamed up with conductor MaryAnn Poling to put together a virtual performance.

The project brought together 91 youth musicians ranging from 12 to 15-years-old from all over Maryland.

Together they played Bizet’s “Les Toréadors” from Carmen Suite No. 1, which was previously planned for the live performance.

One song may sound easy to prepare for, but that couldn't be further from the truth.

Orchestra members rehearsed each of their roles by meeting with Poling in small groups over Zoom. The creation of a click track helped to keep the right tempo while students recorded their individual parts of the song.

More than 250 hours and close to 1,500 emails later, Poling and Porter released the final product on May 11.

Without further ado...