Perrysburg Symphony Orchestra rehearses for first full concert since pandemic began

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PERRYSBURG, Ohio (WTVG) – Before the COVID-19 pandemic, a live audience was something you would expect at a concert.

Over the past year and a half, the Perrysbourg Symphony Orchestra, like so many other performance groups, had to improvise. From small ensembles in outdoor venues to virtual concerts broadcast online, members of the Perrysburg Symphony have kept the music going.

“We’ve done shows where no one has been, but we have cameras showing them online. So once you’re done, no one is applauding. It is a strange thing. It’s definitely different, ”said Thomas Moody, OSP Principal 2nd Violin. “It’s been tough for a lot of musicians, but it’s good to be back and we’re ready to give him a great gig.”

The PSO will be giving a concert called “Magical Stories” at Perrysburg Jr. High School.(Tony Geftos)

Now, for the first time since the start of the pandemic, the entire Perrysburg Symphony Orchestra is rehearsing all together for a concert in front of a live audience.

“Well, it’s very exciting,” said Travis Jürgens, music director and conductor of the PSO. “I’m very happy that we can have a live audience again because, you know, live music is so important to our community. It is truly an opportunity to nourish our souls and to come together.

The concert scheduled for Friday, October 22, 2021 is a collection of “Magical Stories”, featuring the world premiere of a viola concerto called “Merlin”, performed by the violist Brett Deubner. The performance begins at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium of Perrysburg Jr. High School.

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