PREVIEW: Virtual Event: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra’s 100th Birthday Celebration

If, like me, you were looking forward to the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra’s UMS performance before it was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, you won’t want to miss out on the stream of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra’s 100th Birthday Celebration!

The virtual event will begin streaming free on demand on the UMS website at 2 pm on Saturday, September 5 – exactly 100 years to the hour since the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra’s first concert! According to UMS, “[the first concert] was a gamble: in unprecedented times, a city recovering from war and pandemic had put its faith in the power of live music to enrich the lives of all its citizens.” These words ring true today as we live through our own unprecedented times, and indeed, another pandemic a century later. Though we won’t be experiencing live music as part of this celebration, today’s technology is fortunately allowing artists to connect with their audience remotely in new and innovative ways.

To learn more and to watch the virtual event, visit https://ums.org/performance/virtual-event-city-of-birmingham-symphony-orchestras-100th-birthday-celebration/

JM

JM is a dual degree student in the School of Music, Theatre & Dance and the College of Engineering. Some of her favorite things include running, reading, all things creative, purple, and zebras.

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