Support the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra on Global Giving Tuesday
By Dasha Peipon
Performers and artists have taken a big hit from the Covid-19 pandemic and are now dealing with its painful consequences. Though there are no theater performances, music concerts, or festivals to attend, even under shelter-in-place orders we are all still enjoying the fruit of the performers’ labors: movies, cartoons, broadway shows, ballet performances, art tutorials on Youtube, and music. In fact, those resources, available online in abundance, are the few things that keep us sane under lockdown.
Marta Szlubowska, concert violinist and concertmaster of the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra in Jackson shared, “The power of music is known, but sometimes underestimated. We, musicians, are in fact essential workers. Can you imagine this pandemic without art and music? I don’t think we even want to think about such a world. Music is what gets us through difficult times. Music can make us smile, cry, remember… It makes us truly human. It touches our hearts and unites us all! Unity is the most important element during this difficult time. Together we stand. Divided we fall!”
Marta opened up about the struggles that musicians are facing right now. “Musicians at this time are suffering from the loss of income due to the cancelled concerts and all sorts of other musical events (weddings, parties, and church events), which for many was their main income. I know many people are on hold with their jobs or have lost their jobs and the musicians are among those that rely pretty much entirely on live, large group events, which have all been cancelled and will probably not take place for several months. The ramifications of this situation are very serious for the future of the MSO and our musicians. Though we try to keep working as much as possible, we are definitely going to need the community’s support more than ever. This support will be crucial to keep the MSO performing in some form and hopefully returning to the full symphony performances in the near future.”
This Tuesday, March 5, is Global Giving Tuesday. If you are able to support the musicians by donating, please visit the MSO website.
In the meantime, if you are missing performances of the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, check out the MSO YouTube channel for videos from their past concerts, as well as interviews with the musicians and visiting artists.
Marta also shares some videos, featuring the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, on her YouTube channel. Here is a clip from a performance at Thalia Mara Hall back in January 2015.