by Alexandra Takasugi, viola
If you don’t see me playing viola, you’ll most likely find me in the kitchen. I love to bake as a way to alleviate stress and share delicious goodness with my fellow orchestra members. These madeleines are perfect with a cup of tea or coffee, especially during rehearsal breaks.
What has sustained you through the pandemic/furlough?
“As a political junkie I have not wanted for something to keep me occupied. And I've been reading more - also writing more. I'm listening to more music including genres other than symphonic.” - Tom Reel, Double Bass
“Volunteering has helped me through this time. I volunteer at my church with online prelude music before Mass. I have enjoyed delivering meals to the elderly and shut-ins. I also like to volunteer with animal rescue groups, including the Golden Retriever rescue of South Hampton Roads.” - Allegra Tortolano Havens, Violin
February is the long awaited month when we return to work, 11 months after our last Virginia Symphony rehearsal in March of 2020. While the size of the ensemble remains limited, as does the permissible size of our live audience, we are excited finally to be performing again!
Like everyone else, we haven't weathered the storm entirely just yet but we see blue skies on the horizon. While the organization's focus was mostly on the Vision Forward endowment campaign and balancing the operating budgets (with the help of PPP grants), the Musicians took the initiative to organize public chamber music events, finding partners to help partially fill the musical void in the community and our financial holes at home.