Georgia Symphony Orchestra honors front-line workers with virtual performance

Across the city, professional and amateur artists alike have taken to artwork to spread messages of safety and encouragement.

In a 360-degree virtual performance, Georgia Symphony Orchestra performed ‘Georgia On My Mind’

The symphony may not be able to hold shows in person, but the music has not stopped.

Last week, the Georgia Symphony Orchestra took to YouTube for the "first ever" 360-degree virtual chorus.

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The performance of “Georgia On My Mind” was a way to honor front-line workers.

“This project is dedicated to frontline workers and essential personnel: in Georgia, across the nation, and around the world. We offer our profound appreciation and gratitude,” the symphony wrote on YouTube.

According to an emailed statement, the performance was the brainchild of the symphony’s music director and conductor Timothy Verville. It was the symphony’s way of “combining the healing power of music with technology,” according to the release.

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“Whether we are serving our community in person or virtually, our mission to engage audiences through imaginative programming and critically acclaimed performances remains constant,” GSO executive director Susan Stensland said in a statement. “We are delighted to offer this unique choral experience to express our gratitude to all who are working so hard to keep our communities safe during this crisis.”

According to the symphony, the 360-degree experience with adaptive audio is best experienced on a phone or tablet while using headphones.

It’s one of a variety of performances that have been posted on YouTube since the coronavirus outbreak began.

In March, 500 Cobb County band students performed "Shimmering Joy" from Atlanta composer Tyler Grant together digitally.

And last week, members of the Collins Hill High School Orchestra in Suwanee played “A Million Dreams” in a digital performance.

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