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Over the past several months, we’ve seen people come together in awe-inspiring ways in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Right now, doctors, nurses, and healthcare workers are spending 12+ hour shifts treating critically ill coronavirus patients in hospitals across the country. Grocery store and food bank workers risk exposure every day, ensuring that food is available to those impacted most by the pandemic. How can we even begin to express our feelings of gratitude?

When words fail, music often steps in. During challenging times throughout history, music has helped us process our deep-seated feelings, and cope with the extraordinary circumstances we face individually, as families, and as a society. Now is no different.

Join The Oregon Symphony every other Sunday at 5 pm as they put the spotlight on a specific group of people who are holding our community together during this time of crisis. Over the course of this free, seven-part series created by Oregon Symphony Creative Chair Gabriel Kahane and director Holcombe Waller, you will experience dozens of heartfelt musical performances, each accompanied by stirring imagery inspired by the stories of essential workers in a particular sector. You will hear stories like that of an Oregon Symphony percussionist, whose cousin went from frontline healthcare worker to COVID patient – and his musical dedication to her.


The Oregon Symphony is also raising funds to support Oregon Food Bank and its mission to end hunger and its root causes. Donate through The Oregon Symphony’s fundraiser: