The April concert in the Springfield Symphony Orchestra's 2019-2020 season, "Great American Road Trip," was scheduled for Saturday, April 18. It has, of course, been cancelled due to the Coronavirus pandemic. In its place, they have decided to produce a live fundraiser for the orchestra and its musicians on the Symphony's Facebook page, www.facebook.com/springfieldsymphony. Lexi Locke, Marketing Manager of the Springfield Symphony, explains.
"Right now, our musicians haven't been able to perform any gigs, obviously, because of the COVID-19 crisis. A lot of them have lost a huge amount of their income due to COVID-19. So what we thought we would do is a live-stream fundraiser on Facebook."
The Symphony hopes to raise $5,000 during the fundraiser, which will be live on their Facebook page Saturday April 18 from 5:00 to 9:30pm, according to Locke.
"$5,000 is our goal, and we actually do have some matching donors for tomorrow during the live stream. We will be having members of the Symphony administrative staff, some of our board members and volunteers, as well as orchestra members, popping in and out on the live stream, talking about how the Springfield Symphony has impacted their lives, and why music is so important to them--and why the Symphony is so important to them. And we will actually have a few musicians performing as well, so it's going to be a really fun and interactive fundraiser."