CALGARY — They may not have had a physical audience in front of them but members of the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra (CPO) and Edmonton Symphony have combined to create one of their most viewed performances.
After 66 Calgary musicians and an additional 18 staff members were temporary laid off amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the group decided to reconnect for a virtual performance while in self-isolation.
A shortage of players prompted calls to have artists from the Edmonton Symphony join in.
“We had a little time on our hands,” said Calgary Philharmonic violinist, Donavan Seidle. So we wanted to put out a video that inspired strength, resilience and hope. I think that’s what a lot of people need right now.”
That video shows 32 artists collectively performing Elgar’s Nimrod Variation IX from the Enigma Variations remotely from their living rooms, bedrooms and home offices.