Colorado Symphony Blog

Virtual Concert Experience Brings Comfort To Colorado Cancer Patients

Rendever Virtual Reality Takes UCHealth Patient Center Stage at Red Rocks with the Colorado Symphony

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The comfort of music has never been more vital than during the isolation brought on by COVID-19. For those that are immunocompromised, the danger of COVID-19 remains ever prevalent, especially for those patients currently receiving treatment for diseases such as cancer. In an effort to meet the needs of the moment, UCHealth and the Colorado Symphony approached Rendever, a virtual reality company that has partnered with UCHealth to help staff manage stress and provide comfort to patients, about expanding its virtual reality catalog. The three organizations brainstormed the idea of bringing an immersive live concert experience to patients undergoing cancer treatment during COVID-19.  

Substantial Gift Energizes CSA's Tenacious Fundraising Efforts

Thanks to record year-end giving, the CSA will continue to pay musicians and staff through June 2021, the end of its fiscal year  

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Burdened by the inability to host the kind of live, in-person concert events the Colorado Symphony Association (CSA) has become renowned for, the importance of philanthropic giving has never been more evident. In response to that need, audiences, donors, and philanthropic supporters have given back in record numbers, helping the CSA to an end of year giving campaign success story, the likes of which the organization has never seen before, led by an anonymous substantial gift that will allow the Colorado Symphony to continue paying its musicians and staff full salary compensation through the end of the fiscal year ending in June 2021, in addition to healthcare benefits. 

The Voice Of Christmas

Colorado native Devin DeSantis discusses Boettcher Concert Hall memories and what audiences can expect from this year’s virtual Colorado Christmas experience

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Over recent years, vocalist Devin DeSantis has become synonymous with the Colorado Symphony’s annual holiday concert experience — A Colorado Christmas. As a Colorado native, DeSantis grew up in Boettcher Concert Hall as a proud member of the Colorado Children’s Chorale and started his solo career with the Colorado Symphony at the age of 11 in Leonard Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms. So it should come as no surprise that he was thrilled to celebrate Christmas with the Colorado Symphony and audiences across the state once again in 2020. We sat down with Devin to discuss the formative experiences that shaped his career, Colorado Christmas memories, and what audiences can expect from this year’s virtual Colorado Christmas experience.

Above and Beyond

The Colorado Symphony’s steadfast efforts to #PlayOn continue with the temporary resumption of restricted in-hall operations and the capture of material to be released in 2021 on Virtual Stage

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Around Colorado, temperatures are dropping, leaves are changing, and the Colorado Symphony continues to #PlayOn, amid a constantly evolving and ever-changing landscape. An eventful autumn culminated in the organization receiving a special variance for no-audience concert rehearsals and recordings indoors at Boettcher Concert Hall. This variance was achieved through the tireless efforts from Colorado Symphony Association (CSA) staff and musicians and will allow the orchestra to record content to be distributed through Virtual Stage in the coming months. 

A Conversation With The Concertmaster

The Colorado Symphony’s Concertmaster, Yumi Hwang-Williams, discusses her return to the stage, quarantine activities, filming Colorado Symphony education videos alongside her daughter, and more

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The Colorado Symphony’s Concertmaster, Yumi Hwang-Williams, discusses her return to the concert stage this summer at Red Rocks, quarantine activities, filming Colorado Symphony education content alongside her daughter, and much more.

“When there’s a point where circumstances get too much to bear, emotions be they high or low, music can step in to fill the gaps and allow our brains and hearts to process, release, transport, and transform. We intend to keep forging ahead to continue providing as much live music as possible safely and responsibly until this pandemic subsides.”

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