Woodlands Symphony Announces Phase in Plans for 2020-21 Season

By: Darryl Bayer
| Published 08/31/2020

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THE WOODLANDS, TX - Woodlands Symphony – New partnerships, free concerts and a transformation for 2020.

Woodlands Symphony – New partnerships, free concerts and a transformation for 2020


With the end of their spring season cut short, an always optimistic orchestra went into action looking for new ways to stay alive this year. “There will be music in the air this fall - for all” according to Darryl Bayer, Artistic Director of the Woodlands Symphony.
The first wave of restructuring began with partnering alongside two Woodlands music schools: Celebration Music School and Ethos School of Music. Celebration will host The Woodlands Area Youth Symphony for their rehearsals and concerts and Ethos with offer a band for home school students and the Woodlands Jazz Project. These three groups, under the direction of Maestro Bayer with give the next gen of symphony, band and jazz band musicians classes with a safe place to play while being trained up as future members of The Woodlands Symphony. Students will also have master classes and lessons offered by members of The WSO along with opportunities to excel as featured soloists.

The second phase begins with a commitment to bring more outdoor concerts to the area for safe spacing and a family style atmosphere. This begins on September 19th partnering with The Woodlands Parks Department and Points North Theater for an event at Northshore Park. The WSO will showcase their brass and percussion section for a feature concert followed by a production of Shakespeare’s The Tempest where they will serve as the show’s pit orchestra. The WSO will continue their tradition of performing a free Christmas Concert this December with the location and date pending local approval. The symphony is also actively seeking additional Woodlands organizations that would offer to host an outdoor concert during the cool autumn weather.

The third wave is called Symphonic Metamorphosis. Each year the symphony names their season with a theme that will resound for the year. The orchestra will undertake a metamorphosis in a manner to combat Covid-19 with safe spacing for musicians and in doing so will break some traditions that are centuries old. Symphonic Metamorphosis is also a composition by 20th century composer Paul Hindemith and this piece will be featured on a major concert in 2021.

Registration and auditions for WAYS, Woodlands Jazz Project and Ethos Band are now open with limited enrollment. In response to Covid-19, Darryl Bayer is personally handling all requests to help you navigate the process and answer questions. Please email: director@woodlandssymphony.org or call/text: 832.257.3048. You can also read more on the symphony’s website: www.woodlandssymphony.org.

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