Lowell Philharmonic Pays Tribute to Front-Line Workers
In recognition of the service and sacrifices made by nurses and front-line workers during the novel coronavirus outbreak, the Lowell Philharmonic Orchestra paid tribute to Lowell General Hospital (LGH) through its “More Than Self” virtual project.
Music Director Thomas Kociela and President of the Board of Directors for LPO Bonnie McIsaac were eager to create a video which honored LGH. Kociela notes that gathering video clips from different speakers, musicians and ensembles was not hard due to the abundance of people who wanted to partake in the project, however it still took a lot of effort to put together. The music director worked on the project for a month, putting in almost 15 hours a day.
Central to the video are performances by LPO members, including their small string ensemble, who play together while wearing face coverings and sitting with respect to social distance. Other segments include those from Illumination Opera of Westford and LPO concerto competition winner Maxine Park, with a piano performance of “The Star-Spangled Banner.”
Along with the musical performances, “More Than Self” features local leaders paying tribute to those working to help, heal and diagnose those affected by COVID-19, including clips from Lowell City Manager Eileen Donoghue and Mayor John Leahy. Along with health care workers at LGH, the video includes recorded dedications to first responders, essential workers and the U.S. military.
The project debuted on their website and LTC Channel 8 on Sunday, July 19, 2020. It is now up at the LPO website and can be seen below.