Side by Side Concert
Dear EPSYO Families and EPSO Musicians:
Undoubtedly you all have been following the recent news as pertains to COVID-19 and its presence in the United States and more specifically in Texas and New Mexico. We are taking the following actions so as to keep the best interests and health of the El Paso Symphony Youth Orchestras participants and supporters in mind.
The 14th Annual Side by Side Concert (March 29, 2020) is, at current, postponed until further notice or until time or occasion provide an opportunity to reschedule. If you purchased tickets for this concert in advance, we would honor those tickets at the rescheduled event. Following a growing trend of civic and performance-based organizations and their respective gatherings, we are anticipating a crowd that is beyond the current governmental recommendation. As such, we expect our EPSYO and EPSO families to practice social distancing and good hygiene as mandated by our health officials.
Because of the precautionary measures taken by local school districts to extend spring breaks to provide a self-isolation buffer for those who may still be travelling during the upcoming week, all EPSYO rehearsals that were originally set to take place during the week of March 23-28, 2020, are cancelled.
As you can imagine, the implications of making major decisions like this are broad for the EPSYO and EPSO. This concert event was to be yet another excellent example of the meaningful way our youth orchestra program and its participants contribute to the community. The EPSYO and its dedicated staff and administration will continue to work tirelessly to provide enriching musical opportunities for your loved ones.
Although we are not having a concert on March 29, 2020, we will make every effort to reschedule soon. Please continue to sell raffle tickets and PRACTICE in looking forward to the time when we can come together again.
Until further notice, the EPSYO will resume activities at Jefferson H.S. the weekend of April 4-5, 2020.
In Love, Health and Music –
James O. Welsch, D.M.A.
Music Director & General Manager
The El Paso Symphony Youth Orchestras
The El Paso Symphony Orchestra
Music Director & Principal Conductor
Orquesta Filarmónica Juvenil México-USA “The Bridge”