Best Performing Arts Group in Best of Howard 2020

The Columbia Orchestra is honored to be named Best Performing Arts Group in Howard Magazine's Best of Howard 2020 Reader's Choice Awards.

When the COVID-19 pandemic descended on Maryland in March, the Columbia Orchestra had approximately 11,000 reasons to figure out how to keep the music coming. That’s roughly how many audience members each year attend concerts put on by the community orchestra founded in 1977.

“When it became impossible to perform live, the Orchestra pivoted quickly to make our past performances and some new material available online for people who were quarantining at home and eager for music to lift their spirits,” executive director Katherine Keefe wrote in an email.

In September, the orchestra performed its first in-person concert in seven months for a small, socially distanced audience — Camille Saint-Saens' “Carnival of the Animals” with performers from Dance Connections.

The orchestra, composed of 80 to 100 musicians, is known for juxtaposing historic masterpieces with compositions by new voices outside the traditional canon. When the musicians can return to the concert hall, they’ll begin rehearsing a flute concerto that the orchestra commissioned from Morgan State University composer James Lee III, which was inspired by Native American stories.

Honorable mentions: Rep Stage, Young Columbians, David Bach Trio

Click here to read the full article from The Baltimore Sun.

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