Updated September 22, 2020
A MESSAGE FROM ANDY BUELOW
Dear Friends and Patrons:
Earlier this summer, we began bringing West Michigan Symphony into patrons’ living rooms through a series of Virtual Concerts webcast from the Frauenthal Center stage. Now fall is upon us, and with it our opening concerts of the 2020-2021 Season! From September through December we will continue to offer performances exclusively from our Virtual Concert Hall.
The audience for these concerts may be “virtual,” but the performances are anything but. Those watching from home continue to praise the vibrant performances of our musicians, the spellbinding videography of our filmmaker Arvin Candelaria, and the rich audio of producer Steve Albert. Patrons have shared how moving and uplifting they are finding these concerts, and the sense of closeness to Music Director Scott Speck and the players.
I assure you, the feeling is mutual. Scott and the musicians have stated repeatedly how overwhelming the experience of performing for you is for them, and how much they feel your presence even in physical absence. 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.
If you are new to the idea of Virtual Concerts, fear not. They are easily accessible via a password-protected 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.
Like you, we are eager to gather again in the Frauenthal Center for live music. We remain in Phase IV of Michigan’s Safe Start Plan, which limits indoor gatherings. Once our area of the state moves into Phase V, hopefully after the New Year, we will gradually re-introduce live attendance under the Frauenthal’s new safety protocols—while continuing to provide the virtual option 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!
Andrew C. Buelow