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20-21 Fall Season Announcement

wcfsymphony’s 91st year will certainly be the most unique in history due to the Covid-19 pandemic. We are very excited to tell you about our plans for the upcoming season

In spite of the pandemic, there will be more ways than ever for you to connect with the musicians and exceptional music of our orchestra. We are Ready to Play for you online this Fall, until we can safely perform for live audiences again.

For the remainder of 2020, wcfsymphony will go online with recorded and live-streamed concerts, feature stories, conversations and videos. All events will be available free of charge through the wcfsymphony Facebook page, YouTube Channel and at wcfsymphony.org. Adults, families and kids alike will enjoy our wonderful musicians and experience fun stories about what it takes to make a symphony orchestra tick.

Season Opener

The season will open with a live-streamed performance on Saturday, October 3rd at 7:00 pm, broadcast from the stage of the Great Hall at Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center. This performance will celebrate the 250th Anniversary of the birth of Ludwig van Beethoven, with movements from his Septet for Winds and Strings, op 20. Music by W.A. Mozart, Louis Spohr and Franz Schubert will also be on the program.

In addition to the live-stream, wcfsymphony will present a series of online features between September 28th and October 2nd. These features will include the story of our special collaboration with the Youth Art Team for this celebration. Young artists from the Team studied Beethoven and his music this summer and created pieces of visual art based on their reactions to what they learned.

And Then…

To adjust to the ever-changing situation with the pandemic, wcfsymphony will, in the coming months, announce upcoming events for the remainder of 2020 and early 2021. We will share event details with you by email, at wcfsymphony.org, in the wcfsymphony newsletter, on social media and through traditional media outlets. Here are just some of the events we will be presenting:

• Additional online performances from the Great Hall stage
• Live chats and insights with Jason Weinberger
• Live from the Archive broadcasts of past wcfsymphony concerts
• Individual wcfsymphony musician performances & interviews
• Preview of a new concert project by local artist Gary Kelley and wcfsymphony

All event venues, dates and times are subject to change based on developments in the COVID-19 pandemic situation.

We Need Your Help!

wcfsymphony will experience a considerable loss of ticket revenue during the upcoming season. To fund our free online events and keep wcfsymphony healthy until the happy day when live performances return, we are announcing a special Ready to Play fund raising campaign.

Please make a special gift of $100 or more (in addition to your normal Annual Fund contribution) in support of the Ready to Play Campaign. You may make your gift by visiting wcfsymphony.org/support-us, calling 319-273-3373 or mailing a check and the enclosed giving form to wcfsymphony, Gallagher- Bluedorn PAC #17, Cedar Falls, IA 50614.

Thank you for your support in helping wcfsymphony emerge from the pandemic as an even more vibrant pillar of live music in our community, reaching both current and new audience members throughout the Cedar Valley.

We’ll see you online soon!