For Immediate Release
June 3, 2020
On weekdays from June 15 to 26, Pacific Region International Summer Music Association (PRISMA) will broadcast a nightly variety hour featuring pre-recorded orchestral and chamber music performances, engaging interviews, educational content, historical highlights, behind-the-scenes access, as well as brand new studio segments and solo performances recorded from a safe social distance. Hosted by maestro Arthur Arnold and members of the PRISMA staff, this livestream series fills the two-week spot PRISMA’s annual festival and music academy would have occupied – before the COVID-19 pandemic grounded international flights and reshaped public events indefinitely.
On a normal year, PRISMA would right now be gearing up to welcome 80 pre-professional musicians from all over the world to form a one-of-a-kind symphony orchestra guided by 20 guest artists from the finest orchestras in Europe, North America and beyond. While not the festival anyone could have imagined just a few short months ago, this revised digital edition offers a new and exciting challenge, and creates a special chapter in the organization’s history book. It also gives PRISMA the opportunity to say a heartfelt thank-you to its generous supporters in Powell River and beyond, with an hour of daily musical entertainment to brighten their day and fill their ears.
Each episode will be livestreamed nightly beginning at 7 pm PDT on PRISMA’s Facebook and YouTube pages, as well as on Shaw TV in Powell River.
Preparation for this project is well underway. Dozens of never-before-seen recordings of past concerts are being unearthed from the PRISMA vault. Recording has begun on interviews with alumni, guest artists, and special guests. Our guest artists have been offering ‘virtual’ masterclasses and mentorship sessions with this year’s accepted students. You won’t want to miss this epic musical celebration!