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September 18

Performance, Reinvented

Emerald City Music announces its virtual fall lineup.

Like most businesses and organizations, Emerald City Music had to pivot how it runs things during a global pandemic. Health regulations and safety precautions meant large gatherings like in-person concerts were out and virtual performances were in. In spring 2020, ECM began to offer online events that gather classical music fans and feature artists in new ways. These events included artist interviews, listener call-in experiences, performance videos, and special insights.

This fall, ECM is taking what it’s learned at the beginning of the pandemic and is doubling down on its virtual offerings. On September 25, from 7­–8pm PST, ECM will kick off its fall season with a free community livestream. This event will showcase ECM’s seven artists-in-residence: Andrew Gonzalez (viola), Yoona Kim (clarinet), Demarre McGill (flute), Hyeyeon Park (piano), Dmitri Apatine (cello), Rachel Ellen Wong (violin), Nathan Chan (cello), and Kristin Lee (violin). The season opener doesn’t require tickets or registration and can be livestreamed here. ECM will close the season in similar fashion on December 13 with another livestream.

Asian-American woman with white shirt and red pants holding a violin case
Africa-America man playing the flute

In addition to its opening and closing livestreams and a selection of virtual concerts, ECM is offering up a collection of events called Wine Down Mondays. These intimate virtual gatherings will be hosted on Zoom by ECM’s resident artists and will offer fun twists on classical music experiences (think bar trivia, behind-the-scenes insights, and conversations with musicians). You can get access to all ten of the Wine Down Monday events with any sized donation to ECM this fall. Space is limited, so be sure to donate and register early to get access.

Check out Emerald City Music’s full fall lineup, and learn more about its resident artists here.

Story by Ethan Chung and photographs courtesy of Emerald City Music, Denver Rispell & Jiyang Chen.


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