In the world of ensembles, it used to be that orchestras were akin to large ocean liners: they can turn, but it takes incredible strategic thought and planning ahead to make sure you arrive at the desired destination. The current pandemic has changed all that. Flexibility, innovation, and collaboration are now operational necessities. Since March, your FCS has more in common with a speed boat! Performances were created in short order for a wide variety of smaller ensembles. For more substantial groups, outdoor collaborative concerts were performed at our local drive-in and on the brand-new stage of the Everitt Pavilion at the Gardens of Spring Creek. Video streaming has become a normal presentation. The pandemic gave us an opportunity to create a holiday concert for the first time in years. Personally, I have become acquainted with an increased variety of small ensemble repertoire, all for the purpose of quickly assembling repertoires that fit whatever protocols we need to follow. Still, as we all know, there is more in our world beside the COVID-19 virus and the Arts continue to be a reflection of whatever social and cultural events are currently shaping our lives. The Fort Collins Symphony has made that proverbial “lemons into lemonade” its modus operandi. You will see our programming continue to highlight various cultures and peoples throughout the world. It is the way of the world as we know it for now and we hope you will continue to enjoy and support your reinvented Fort Collins Symphony.
Maestro Wes Kenney
FCS Music Director