COVID-19

Andy BuelowUpdated April 2021

A MESSAGE FROM ANDY BUELOW

Dear Friends and Patrons:

Here we are, in the hopeful but sometimes painfully slow Michigan springtime reawakening—and I am reflecting that our journey back to reopening and live concerts feels much the same! I know you are looking forward to that moment when you can step into the Frauenthal Center, greet your friends and fellow patrons again, sink into your seats and enjoy the excitement of live symphony.  Believe me, Scott and the musicians are so ready! We are incredibly grateful for your loyalty and steadfastness throughout the past year.

The regional and statewide vaccine program is picking up steam, with more than 70% of people aged 65 and up now having received their first shot. However, we are still anticipating late spring or beyond before we are able to begin reopening to live audiences. Meanwhile, our groundbreaking and popular Virtual Concerts will continue. Patrons are finding these a heartwarming and uplifting way to stay connected with the Orchestra and keep beautiful music in their lives.

We invite you to join us for upcoming performances in our Virtual Concert Hall until we are able to safely resume live concerts. The audience for these concerts may be “virtual,” but the performances are anything but. Those watching from home have praised the vibrant performances, spellbinding videography and rich audio. Patrons have shared how moving and uplifting they are finding these concerts, and the sense of closeness to Music Director Scott Speck and the musicians.

I assure you, the feeling is mutual. Scott and the players feel your presence even in physical absence, and playing for you is incredibly rewarding for them. So really, there is nothing virtual about these performances. They may be different from a live gathering in the Frauenthal, but a few miles cannot separate us!

On this website, the CONCERT CALENDAR includes the latest updates in programming and schedule. The ATTEND area provides information on subscription pricing and benefits, as well as how to sign up for a single ticket pass. Performances remain available for 10 days after the launch date; so if you prefer, you can watch and listen at a later time—or even re-watch a performance you find particularly satisfying. After that, each concert takes its place in our Virtual Concerts archive and is available on a pay-per-view basis.

If you are new to the idea of Virtual Concerts, do not be daunted. They are easily accessible via a private link sent prior to each program to all subscribers and single ticket buyers.  You will find guidance and FAQ on our Virtual Concert Hall page of this website. The staff is available by phone to answer any questions.

Like you, we are eager to gather again in the Frauenthal Center for live music.  Our plan is to re-introduce live attendance gradually as soon as possible under the Frauenthal’s safety protocols (developed under the guidance of county and state health officials). We will continue to webstream this season’s programs in our Virtual Concert Hall to all who prefer. Check back here frequently for updates, or call the office at 231.726.3231.

WMS is committed to making music a core resource for connectivity, self-care and emotional health. We have been doing that now for more than 80 years—and with your help, we’re going to continue!

Stay well,

Andy Signature, Sig, Andrew

Andrew C. Buelow
Executive Director