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July 1, 2021IM -
The Annapolis Symphony Orchestra (ASO) won two awards from The Capital Gazette’s Style magazine Best of Anne Arundel County (MD) for: Best Virtual Event and Best Interactive Entertainment for Symphony+, the live-streaming program broadcast of performances into listeners’ homes instead of at Maryland Hall.
“To launch our new season in 2020, we had to reimagine the complete symphony experience,” says ASO Executive Director Edgar Herrera. “We had to find ways to make sure ASO musicians were safe on stage. Then, we worked at optimizing patron engagement by providing dazzling concert experiences and added value educational content. Audiences were thrilled, and so we will continue our Symphony+ offering this coming season.”
This led to the development of Symphony+, a comprehensive virtual platform that included ASO Live!, a live stream of each concert in the 2020-21 Masterworks Series “Harmony In Nature” and holiday classics with Music Director José-Luis Novo and the orchestra performing from the Music Center at Strathmore, which used multi-camera capabilities for patron’s enhanced viewing experience. The orchestra added additional content such as ASO chats, interviews and behind-the-scenes video.