The Venice Symphony: Open for business!

October 1, 2021
By T Michele Walker

The Venice Symphony is excited to announce that it is open for business.

It was one year ago, September 2020 when The Venice Symphony made a most difficult announcement. After 47 years of sharing the power, inspiration, and joy of live symphonic music with the community, due to COVID-19, they were postponing the 2020-2021 concert season.

They weren’t alone, as performing arts companies and organizations all over the world shuttered their doors for the health and safety of their audience members, performers, and staff.

The timing couldn’t have been more of a disappointment, as their new conductor, Troy Quinn had been with the Venice Symphony for just one season.

“There was so much energy coming off of Troy’s first year as our maestro that we just didn’t want to lose that synergy,” said David Joyner, chairman of the board of trustees for the Venice Symphony. “Our ticket sales and subscriptions for this season are at an all-time high and we are doing absolutely great. I think people are anxious to get back.”

“In a time of crisis, we really rose to the occasion,” said Troy Quinn, music director, and conductor of the Venice Symphony. “I think it forced us to think outside the box and challenge ourselves to fulfill our mission of bringing this music to the most people.”

Last season, The Venice Symphony worked hard to remain true to its commitment to present quality symphonic music and connection to the community. With Troy Quinn’s announcement of a “reimagined season” of virtual concerts, the Venice Symphony managed to reach more audience members than they could have imagined.

“It was important for us to stay connected to the patrons and all the folks in the community,” explained Christine Kasten, president, and CEO of the Venice Symphony.

“Ironically, it allowed us to bring music to more people than we normally would during normal times,” said Quinn. “A lot of that is because we’re utilizing technology. We did four virtual concerts, and I did quite a few virtual interviews. We did ‘Meet the Musicians,’ and ‘Behind the Scenes’ and our YouTube views were pulling tens of thousands of people all across the country who’ve never seen or heard of the Venice Symphony.”

After a challenging 2020-21 season, the Venice Symphony made the exciting announcement that they will return live in November with every concert and guest artist planned for the 2020-21 season. Music Director Troy Quinn will be at the podium, leading the professional orchestra in 17 concerts from November 2021 to April 2022.

The 48th concert season features masterworks by Brahms, Schuman, Stravinsky, and Mendelssohn, contemporary classics, music from Broadway, Hollywood, opera, and more.

“We have a gentleman, his name is Eric Rigler,” said Kasten. “He is the actual person who played the bagpipes on ‘My Heart Will Go On’ from the ‘Titanic.’ He’s going to perform some songs with us in a concert in February that’s called ‘A Night At the Oscars.’”

“I am looking forward to getting back to in-person musical experiences,” said Joyner. “As wonderful as the virtual experiences are, it is impossible or very difficult to recreate the experience you gain from being there in person and absorbing everything that comes with a live performance. People will be so happy to be back, and that’s what all of us are looking forward to right now. The emotions are going to be high that opening weekend and very emotional.”

“For me, live performance is like the air we breathe,” explained Quinn. “It’s that important. I suffocated a little bit with not being able to create music with all my colleagues and flex our creative juices altogether. There’s something visceral about the force of an orchestra, 80 people, onstage and live entertainment.”

Tickets to individual concerts and online ticket sales to The Venice Symphony at the Venice Performing Arts Center will be available on October 4, 2021.

The Venice Performing Arts Center is a state-of-the-art building located on the campus of Venice High School, One Indian Ave., Venice. Concert information and updates will be available at thevenicesymphony.org.

For more information, call (941) 207-8822 or email music@thevenicesymphony.org.