Fall Concert Special Ensemble
Please note: This event accommodates those who feel comfortable playing outside and socially distanced. We also host other events that accommodate those not yet comfortable with in-person situations. We encourage you to make your own choices and respect those who may make different choices for themselves.
You may be aware that there has been, and continues to be, significant academic and scientific research regarding the potential spread of COVID-19 among wind and brass players specifically, by reputable institutions around the world such as the Vienna Medical University, University of Maryland, Colorado State University, University of Minnesota, University of Bristol, as well as the much anticipated International Coalition of Performing Arts Aerosol Study. Regardless of any political or media narrative, the most recent scientific results - both actual and preliminary - show vastly conflicting evidence of potential transmission distance (from 20in to 13ft).
For this one-off, ad-hoc, safely socially distanced, medium-sized, outdoor ensemble for wind, brass and percussion players, there are a total of thirty-six (36) seats available, distributed among sections to create a balanced ensemble. If DMS members do not fill all available seats within a section, non-members from the community are welcome to join in.
We will not be able to accommodate performers who turn up without being invited and registered.
Each session will be on Sindoon Stage and the grass in front of the stage. Our socially-distanced setup will not be facing the field, and will not be standard formation.
Here are some house rules:
- In accordance with initial guidelines from the International Coalition, seats will be socially distanced and facing in the same direction (South), and playing times will be for 30 minutes maximum with at least a 5 minute break before resuming.
- Only essential, pre-approved DMS personnel will be permitted inside the Dunedin Community Center (i.e. percussion and library teams). Each designated person will be tested upon entry and will be required to wear a mask. At this time it is unclear if the exterior bathrooms will be open.
- You may need to park on the grass in Highlander Park, or walk a long distance around the main building.
- You will need to bring your own music stand, bottle of water, pegs or a clear plastic cover to hold sheet music on your stand, and bug spray (no candles). You may bring a battery-powered stand light if you wish.
- Rehearsals will be on Tuesdays, Sept 1 - Oct 13, 6pm-7:15pm. You will receive a confirmation or cancellation (due to weather) email no later than 4:30pm on the day of each rehearsal.
- The performance will be on Sunday, Oct 18, at 3pm. If the weather is bad at that time, the performance will be delayed and begin at 6:30pm. You will receive an email confirming the concert start time no later than 12pm noon on the day of the performance.
- We expect you to not judge the decisions other people make which may or may not be different than your own decisions. This includes those who choose or who choose not to wear a mask outside. At all times we will maintain dignity and decorum and respect for others, and focus on our purpose: playing and sharing music.
- Please note: although chairs will be placed at an appropriate distance from each other, it is the time spent greeting each other before and after each session that poses the greatest risk of spreading an airborne virus.
- To participate, you must agree to our COVID-19 Waiver
We cannot stop anyone sitting in Highlander Park of their own free will during our rehearsals :)
As always, all expectations and plans may change at any time.
Maestro Stephen P Brown will be conducting.