The Big Spring Symphony Association has announced their plans for the upcoming 2020-2021 Concert Season. According the Dr. Keith Graumann, Music Director and Conductor of the Big Spring Symphony, “We have obviously had to adjust our plans due to the Pandemic and social distancing requirements. While I had originally planned a season using a large number of players and adding extra players to several concerts, I have adjusted our plans and we will use a normal size orchestra in order to accomplish proper social distancing. Due to the many adjustments that have been made, I have entitled the season ‘The Versatile Big Spring Symphony’.”
Graumann continued, “We will provide social distancing for the audience at our concerts in the Municipal Auditorium by skipping seats between individuals, couples or family groups. Social
distancing will be a little more challenging for our players. For one thing, the winds and brass will not be able to wear masks. However, we can separate the players more than usual and
move the entire orchestra downstage toward the audience providing more space between players. This will require adjustments in tuning and balance, another reason to call the season: ‘The Versatile Big Spring Symphony’.
We have twice rescheduled our April Pops concert from last season and we will now perform ‘The Music of Queen’ on October 17, 2020. We will honor all tickets from last season and will
include it as an extra concert for our upcoming season subscribers.”
Maestro Graumann gave a brief synopsis of the upcoming season: “Our opening concert is on September 19, 2020 and is entitled ‘A Breath of Fresh Air’. We will feature Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony, No. 6, a work that will be refreshing and entertaining for our audience. We will also feature one of my favorite artists, cellist Jeffrey Lastrappes, who will play the Elgar cello concerto. ‘The Music of Queen’ will follow on October 17, 2020 as previously mentioned.
We will perform a ‘Holiday Spectacular’ on December 19, 2020. This is one of my favorite concerts to present and will include holiday favorites, sing-a-longs, vocal ensembles and
soloists. We will feature students of Gershom Garcia as well as soloists Lawrence Thibeault and Tara Trowbridge.
Our winter concert will be on February 6, 2021 and is entitled ‘Out of this World’. Maestro John Giordano will guest conduct. We will announce a guest artist for this concert as plans are
Our final concert of the season, ‘Pops Extravaganza’ will be on April 24, 2021 and feature ‘The Texas Tenors’. The three ‘Texas Tenors’ are each well known artists in their own genres and include pop, country and operatic repertory. Their popularity has grown exponentially recently.
Their performance with our orchestra will be a very fitting finale for our season, ‘The Versatile Big Spring Symphony’.”