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The Philharmonic Goes Virtual


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Due to the pandemic and the American effort to stop the spread of the virus, social distancing has become very important. Unfortunately, this has led to the closing of many scheduled events like festivals, concerts, plays and parties. In order to reopen, but still follow the measures of social distancing, many events have turned to online streaming. These virtual events allow us to be entertained from the safety of our homes. Without having to provide services for attendees, like bathrooms, concessions, ticketing booths and security, these venues have been able to offer lower prices for virtual tickets.


One event that has been able to reopen virtually is the Boulder Philharmonic. The Philharmonic will be featuring Grammy-award winning cellist Zuill Bailey this year. Bailey is a graduate of the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University and the Juilliard School. He has also appeared with major orchestras all over the world. Before the pandemic, Bailey was also a professor of cello at the University of Texas at El Paso. With so many accolades, it is no wonder that he is considered one of the world’s premiere cellists. As a solo instrument, the cello uses its whole range, from bass to soprano. In chamber music such as string quartets and the orchestra's string section, it often plays the bass part, where it may be reinforced an octave lower by the double basses.


The Boulder Philharmonic will be hosting the Zuill Bailey virtual concert on Wednesday, September 30, 2020. The event will begin in the evening at 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm, so that those who are working during the day can still attend online. Costs for the event range from $30 to $50—for more details, inquire at the Boulder Philharmonic's website. Remember, it is important to stay active at home if you are unable to get out of the house during this difficult time. If you are able to go out, be mindful of those that are unable to wear protective masks or are more prone to getting sick by wearing your own mask and social distancing where you can.

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