I watched Symphony Arlington’s April 15 concert via livestream. While not as exciting as seeing it in person, it was an enjoyable concert!
I like classical music. It’s much more approachable and enjoyable than people may think. I must admit that I don’t always know the difference between Beethoven and Bach. Still, you don’t have to be an expert or a professional musician to enjoy the music.
COVID-19 has been challenging — even detrimental — to the arts and culture industry, and especially live performances. Many events were scaled back or canceled, including entire seasons.
Livestreaming has become a popular way to keep events going. Symphony Arlington is currently offering both — in-person seating (socially distanced / 50% occupancy / masked) and livestreaming. I didn’t want to sit there for two hours wearing a mask, but I wanted to support the symphony. So, I bought the April and May concert package, livestreaming both for $30.
I’d rather be downtown at the Arlington Music Hall, seeing the symphony in person. Nothing compares to live music, and one should experience classical music in a music hall. Watching it online at home isn’t quite the same.
Still, livestreaming offers a bit of flexibility and isn’t entirely bad. It rained that night, so I didn’t have to get out in the rain. Symphony Arlington allows you to watch the performance live or on-demand, as many times as you want, whenever you want, for two weeks. Plus, in the privacy of your own home, fewer people look at you funny when you pretend to conduct the symphony with an air-baton.
Symphony Arlington – April 15 concert
While not as exciting as seeing it in person, the concert was still enjoyable. The music was exciting and vibrant, full of emotion and heart. I was familiar with parts of these pieces. Local symphonies tend to play fairly well-known pieces.
This performance was my first time to see Symphony Arlington, and I was impressed. They are undoubtedly talented musicians! The livestream audio and video were high quality and worth the price.
I was going to try and describe each piece, but that quickly turned into an uphill battle. You’d be better off finding a version on YouTube and listening to it yourself. Or, even better than that, go out (or stay in) and support your local symphony!
I’m looking forward to May’s concert. And, I hope to be at the Arlington Music Hall in October when their 2021-2022 season starts!
Thursday, April 15, 2021 – 7:30 PM
Arlington Music Hall – Arlington, Texas
(in-person and livestreamed)
Robert Carter Austin, conductor
Kiarra Saito-Beckman, violinist
Leonore Overture No. 1, Op. 138 – Ludwig van Beethoven
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D Major, Op. 77 – Johannes Brahms
Symphony No. 4 in A major, Op. 90 (“Italian”) – Felix Mendelssohn
About Symphony Arlington
Symphony Arlington debuted in 2000. They have been a core part of Arlington’s arts and culture scene for more than 20 years. The symphony consists of more than 90 musicians, although not every performance utilizes the entire symphony. (Tonight’s performance had about 50 musicians, but that may be due to COVID-19 protocols.) Their season goes from October through May, with monthly performances at the intimate and historic Arlington Music Hall in downtown. In-person tickets start as low as $16.
With several restaurants nearby, dinner and a show can be a fun night out in Downtown Arlington.
Support your local arts and culture!
Symphony Arlington at the Arlington Music Hall, although from a different concert.
Post and photo by Jason S. Sullivan, 04-24-21