Greetings, OBCO –

So … 2020 has been weird, huh?

Old Bridge Chamber Orchestra’s Board of Directors met remotely on Thursday evening to address the impact of social distancing on this season and to plan for next season. What follows is an update.

  1. We will present March’s Wine and Song program as our season opener in October. The program will be in the Large Recital Hall of Hylton Performing Arts Center’s new education wing, the repertoire will be the same, and we will include the planned pre-concert lecture pairing wine with the music from our concert.
  2. The May 23, 2020, concert featuring some of John Williams’s biggest powerhouses will be presented in May of 2021. Get those lightsabers ready.
  3. As of this moment, we intend for the Summer Library Series to proceed uninterrupted, unless interrupted by the libraries. The first of these free, kid-friendly performances is scheduled for July 7th in Nokesville, so we have time to make adjustments, if necessary. This year’s featured piece is Ferdinand the Bull, with narration and music from Bizet’s Carmen arranged for string quartet. We are especially excited to partner with Day Violins LLC on this project.
  4. Next season is shaping up nicely. We intend to: participate in Arts Alive! in September; officially launch our season in October; celebrate the holidays with Handel in December; fuel our spring concert with food trucks; and end the season with some of Hollywood’s best.
  5. Last, OBCO’s Annual Meeting will take place in August. The date will be announced after the Board’s June meeting. If you are interested in being considered for a spot on the Board or a Committee, contact Chris Dixon, Orchestra Manager, for more information.

In the midst of this madness, we still have music. Please stay safe, practice a bit, listen a lot, and keep in touch. Not actual touch. Virtual touch. NO ACTUAL TOUCHING.

Sheyna Burt
OBCO Board President and Concertmistress

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