BRANSON, MO- Since 2012, the Taneycomo Festival Orchestra has provided free classical music concerts and educational programs that serve the central Ozarks.
This year, they are continuing this tradition in a different way. The festival usually brings in classical musicians from across the United States to play live shows in Branson during the summer.
This year, the TFO has gone completely virtual, which means the musicians play and stream live shows directly from their homes.
Even though the show won’t be in Branson this year, that hasen’t stopped the parents of Dr. Larkin Sanders, the Executive-Artist Director, from hosting a viewing party for every concert.
“And I think it’s great that they are hosting these watch parties down in Branson and taking all of the necessary social distancing precautions,” said Dr. Larkin Sanders. “I came down for a stream last weekend. It was really fun.”
“A lot of our patrons, you know they’re older and they don’t access the internet the same way that we do,” said Patti Sanders, Larkin’s mother. “And I wanted to give them an opportunity to come and watch.”
Patti does a lot of work behind the scenes for TFO. She says the idea of having an outdoor watch party has evolved after every preformance.
“We finally came up with a good plan with the big TV screen and my husband likes his sound system so we get to blast it all over the neighborhood,” said Patti. “It’s sort of like having TFO here.”
Their first virtual concert was on June 10th, but the live performances will continue through Saturday, June 20th. You can find their schedule for the 2020 virtual concerts at https://www.taneycomofestivalorchestra.org/concert-schedule.