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Distance Performing In The 21st Century


Despite the ongoing pandemic, residents were able to drift into a world of classical music and forget some of their worries last Friday night as the Merced Symphony held their season opener in the form of a televised concert for all to enjoy.

With COVID-19 restrictions in place, the “Back On Stage” concert marked the first time a Merced Symphony performance was broadcast live to homes throughout the area on both Comcast and AT&T. The event was brought together through a partnership with the Merced County Office of Education’s METV.

“The pandemic has finally given us the push we needed to get into live simulcast for those who cannot join us in person,” said Ryan Heller, the president of the Merced Symphony Association. “I am confident that we’re going to find ways to continue this tradition from time to time, even when in-person performances are permitted again. It’s also critical for us to continue to support our musicians, who are struggling just like everyone else—and this concert gives us the opportunity to do that.”

For those who missed the live show, a recording of the concert is available to residents through MCOE’s Facebook or YouTube pages. For more information on the Merced Symphony and how to provide charitable support, residents are encouraged to log onto

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