Richard Carter for the Times Record News – June 21, 2020
One of the more striking and heartening images that came from Italy during its battle with Covid-19 were the films of neighbors on their balconies playing musical instruments to connect with one another.
Inspired by those scenes, the Wichita Falls Symphony Orchestra created a weekly playlist on its website www.wfso.org titled “Legato in times of Staccato,” according to ED Alicia Deges. The musical selections are curated by WFSO music director and conductor Fouad Fakhouri.
Each week, the WFSO lists a music playlist developed and annotated by Fakhouri, who is currently living in Michigan and NYC. In addition to the music that he selects, the lists also incorporate community submissions from those who email the symphony at firstname.lastname@example.org. The most recent May 10 list features performances of pieces by Strauss, Sibelius, Cage, Kancheli and even Rush’s “Force Ten” for classic rockers.
There’s nothing to download to enjoy the curated program, said Fakhouri. Simply go to the WFSO website, click the “Legato in times of Staccato” button, choose a list, and click on the piece to listen to the work on Youtube.com or Spotify. “It’s been fun; it’s been interesting,” said Fakhouri. “It’s opened me to reconsider pieces that I haven’t heard or spoken about in a while. Pieces that I may not be able to perform for a number of factors – because they are too long or require a choir (the latter has been shown to spread Covid-19). It’s been an interesting way to continue to interact with our audience.”
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