It’s been five months since the Vienna Choral Society gathered in person to sing. If you’re wondering what we’ve been up to in that time, we’ve put that time to good use. And we’re delighted to tell you that VCS is singing again!
We are stepping into the brave new world of virtual choir. Because instead of waiting, we’re embracing the new reality of where we are and making the best of it. To be sure, we’re not becoming a cyber choir. We can’t wait to sing for you again normally. But the choir missed gathering and singing, and certainly many of you missed hearing us sing – in any form. And everyone needs more of the arts in their lives, daily, as we collectively continue to wait out the pandemic. Which is why we’re diving into this great experiment in real time.
There is a huge upside, by the way – for both singers and audiences: You can join us from anywhere! Already we have singers from all over the country, and depending on their schedules, may well have singers from other countries by the time you hear us sing our first virtual concert. Certainly, you can listen to us from anywhere. No commute, no parking lot, just sit back and enjoy.
Here’s how this will work: We’ll send you an invitation in November to listen to our virtual concert. You’ll get to listen to the “premiere” of our concert from the comfort of your home on a private link, or at your leisure. Also, given the circumstances, and the fact that we want to offer everyone more art, we will ask you to RSVP, but there will be no ticket fee.
However, this means we have to figure out other ways for VCS to not just survive, but thrive in this new reality. So we are once again inviting you to become a Friend Of VCS, with all the benefits that come with membership, including a special pre-show conversation with our Artistic Director, Mike Horanski, as well as benefits with all our Friends of VCS partners – Bards Alley bookstore, Caffe Amouri, Cocoa Vienna, and Nothing Bundt Cakes (Vienna).
We can do this. We can make music, and appreciate art despite this global pandemic pause. And we’re up for giving this new virtual musical reality a shot. We hope you’ll become a Friend of VCS, and join us in November for our first ever couch concert!
In community and music,
– all of us at VCS