Another OKC performing arts organization introduces digital streaming of its concerts in response to COVID-19
The venerable Oklahoma City chorus Canterbury Voices is the latest OKC performing arts organization to offer a digital streaming option for its concerts in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
As previously reported, Canterbury Voices launched its 2020-2021 season Nov. 1 at the Civic Center Music Hall with the beloved piece now known as "Brahms Requiem," all-star soloists and a slew of COVID-19 safety procedures in place.
The concert featured the chorus - which has pared down its number of singers to 60 from 160 last year - performing Johannes Brahms' choral masterwork "A German Requiem."
A digital stream of the concert will be available Nov. 8 through Nov. 30. Streaming tickets are $21, and ticketholders can watch the stream as many times as they want until it expires.
To purchase a streaming ticket, click here.
As previously reported, the Oklahoma City Philharmonic began offering its first streaming option last month with its Classics season opener at the Civic Center.
Canterbury Voices was forced to cut short its 2019-2020 season in the spring due to the coronavirus pandemic, but was able to successfully start this season by requiring singers to practice social distancing on the stage and to wear specially designed singer masks.
"We've been trying to figure out how to be creative and how to still make music within the parameters where we try to protect people - the audience as well, not just the singers in the group," said Canterbury Voices Artistic Director Randi Von Ellefson in an interview. "Everything's going really well considering. It's just that all the precautions take time and a lot more work."
The chorus has worked closely with staff at the Civic Center, where the COVID-19 protocols include required face masks, limited, socially distanced seating and temperature checks on entry. At the concession stations, only credit or debit cards (no cash) will be accepted, only drinks with lids will be served and no food will be sold.
Canterbury Voices also will be performing shorter concerts without intermission this season due to the pandemic.
Next on the season: The chorus plans to make the holidays bright with its traditional "Canterbury Christmas" on Dec. 6, and the postponed world-premiere title "Of Perpetual Solace," which was specifically commissioned to debut in spring as part of the 25th anniversary commemoration of the Oklahoma City bombing, is now slated to wrap the current season on March 28, 2021.
For more information, go to canterburyokc.com.