Summer Sings 2020 (Yes, They’re Happening!)
A Summer Unlike Any Other
In light of the social-distancing environment in which we all find ourselves, we’re adopting a new model for our 2020 Summer Sings. Using a technology we’ve all come to find indispensable—Zoom!—we hope to help our friends and choral neighbors stay engaged by singing along with and learning about some of the great works we offer every summer.
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Spring 2020: Choir in the time of COVID
(with apologies to Gabriel García Márquez)
Along with everything and everybody else, our WVC family went from 60 mph-to-zero in what seems like about half a second.
From singing together as a group of nearly 80 at our last in-person rehearsal on March 10th for the Rachmaninoff All-Night Vigil, to a record-scratch stop, we’ve arrived at a new “normal” of Zoom happy hours and muted rehearsals…with no way of knowing what the immediate and more distant future holds for choral singing as an art and lifeline. The news has been pretty pessimistic for public singing in general and choral singing in particular, as the very proximity to one another that allows us to blend so beautifully creates the potential for viral spread on a considerable scale.
But we refuse to turn off the lights and go home. (Even though, let’s face it, we are ALL at home!) In this new paradigm, we are striving to maintain our sense of connection and community with one another, and to find ways to continue to share our music—whether that be through live performances, virtual choir-style arrangements, or some other as-yet unimagined configuration—with the community that has supported us since our founding nearly 50 years ago.
Please stay safe and healthy, and know that despite our new reality of social distancing, none of us are alone. We’ll keep you posted as we make decisions about the coming season, and hope to be able to sing for (and with) our friends and supporters soon!
Ordering Online? Support the WVC While You Shop
If you are shopping online at Amazon.com this spring/summer, you can support the WVC at the same time!
Through its AmazonSmile program, the online retailer allows you to chose a charity to support; 0.5% of the value of your eligible purchases will then be donated to the charitable organization of your choice. We’ve been fortunate to have participated in this program for several years now, and the numbers add up!
To get started, instead of going to www.amazon.com, go to https://smile.amazon.com. When you see “Select Charity,” look for the West Village Chorale Inc”! From there, you can shop as you normally would, and know that a portion of your spending will help support the WVC!