Return of live music: Pop Up Concert in downtown Colorado Springs

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COLORADO SPRINGS — Musicians of the Colorado Springs Philharmonic presented a Pop Up Concert at the Pikes Peak Center Outdoor Amphitheater at 6:30 p.m. featuring Beethoven’s Ode to Joy from his 9th Symphony.

This is Beethoven’s 250th birthday year.

The Pop Up Concert hoped for the return of live music to the community. Conductor Thomas Wilson lead the orchestra in a short concert that was free and open to the public.

“We feed off the energy of the audiences in the hall and we cant wait to get back home with our family,” David Zuercher, the Principal Trumpet Colorado Springs Philharmonic.

Seating is not provided but lawn chairs were welcome and social distancing had to be maintained. No restrooms will be available.

This is the first time the Colorado Springs Philharmonic has performed since February. Usually, there are 70 people in the ensemble but for the pop-up concert, there were only 30 musicians to follow social distancing guidelines.

The musicians have been practicing individually and they just want to share the music with the community.

“I’m hoping there is a moment we acknowledge each other we’ve missed playing for them and they’ve missed play for us,” said Jeremy Van Hoy, Base Trombonist Colorado Springs Philharmonic. “It might be a short moment or a long moment it’s unpredictable but I’m getting goosebumps just thinking about it.”

“The orchestra isn’t up and running right now but the musicians have organized this concert cause we miss doing it so much,” Van Hoy said.

The musicians only play two sets and wrapped up at 7 p.m. They hope to have more pop up concerts in the future.

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