Connecticut is rich in the musical arts, having nearly 20 symphony groups around the state, whose stages mostly remain dark due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Some, like the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, have furloughed their musicians, while others that have hosted outdoor shows this summer and fall, are offering virtual programs and classes and focusing on musical outreach to get through this difficult time.
In March, the Stamford Symphony created the Stamford Symphony Channel to stay connected to the community through music. The symphony is planning more virtual programs with small ensembles to include interactive components, such as a Q&A with the musicians and music director Michael Stern. For its 2021 season, the symphony hopes to present three live chamber concerts, as well as three live weekend programs, one per month, January through June, streamed virtually.