Yes indeed tough times. Both my orchestras are currently not performing. Fairfax Symphony (FSO) has basically shut down for the season. Fargo-Moorhead Symphony (FMSO) is doing some stuff: our season opener in early October consisted of a vastly reduced orchestra playing to an empty hall then uploaded to the internet.
We have had every intention of repeating the process but since Covid19 has become worse in the Dakotas we have cancelled these past two months. Still hoping to continue for the second half of the season, but we’ll see…Of course praying that next season (beginning September) allows some kind of return to normal.
Rafael de Acha has enjoyed a distinguished career in the arts as a performer, stage director, producer, and educator. He was born and grew up in Cuba. At the age of 17 he moved to the United States to study Drama at the University of Minnesota, and later Languages at L.A. City College, Music at the Juilliard School of Music, at the University of Cincinnati’s College Conservatory of Music, and at the New England Conservatory of Music, from which he received the Master's degree. He has taught courses on the History of Music at the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music and at Florida International University, and contributed writings and reviews to Seen and Heard International (www.seenandheard-international.com ) and to this blog. He co-founded the award-winning New Theatre in Coral Gables, Florida, where he produced and staged twenty seasons of classical and contemporary theater, including fifty world premieres of plays that went on to have international and national productions on and off Broadway, including Ana in the Tropics by Nilo Cruz (Pulitzer Prize for Drama 2002 and Tony Nomination 2003.) In 2006 he was presented with a citation from The Dade County Cultural Affairs Council for “trailblazing contributions to the arts in South Florida.”
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