A 28-year-old classical music staple, the Discover Symphony Orchestra plays its last live concert in Park Ridge amid COVID setbacks in Illinois

PARK RIDGE, Ill. (WLS) — A staple of classical music on the North Shore, the Discover Symphony gave its last concert Sunday afternoon in Park Ridge.

“I think music is temporary in nature. You know, I mean, it’s like a flower that’s going to last for a while and then, you know. So music is always temporary, but beauty lasts forever. “, said James Sanders, who plays the violin. for the Discovery Symphony.

The 28-year-old non-profit closed its doors after losing its main performance space and could not replace a main sponsor.

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On Sunday were longtime members of the orchestra and students of the performers, a group whose close ties eventually frayed with the pandemic-related challenge of getting people out.

Douglas Broderick plays clarinet and was part of the symphony for two decades.

“You feel like family when you play with these people for so long. I’m sitting next to a bassoon player, for example. And you remember when their kid went to college, and now she’s grandma, so you get to know everyone on a personal level when you’ve been in a band for that long,” he said.

The orchestra has won numerous awards over its three decades of performing standards such as Mozart and Beethoven, as well as new compositions.

“Personally, I feel like everyone needs beautiful art. And I think music is just an art form that feeds the soul,” said Tamara Glassburg, who plays the violin.

Therese Parisoli, who plays the viola, also weighed in.

“I’m honored to play with these phenomenal musicians, they’re exceptional players and they bring out the best in me,” Parisoli said.

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In the end, a few new sponsors were found, but not enough to change the direction of Discover Symphony.

“Screening with young people and diverse age groups is uplifting. It gives you a little more excitement, a little more courage to try to move on if it’s available. You never know . We wouldn’t. Again, we wouldn’t say, ‘never say never,'” said Pamela Benitez, executive director of Discover Symphony.

If, by some miracle, they can get enough sponsorships and a new place to call home, the board chairman and executive director said they would happily continue the work they’ve been doing for almost three years. decades.

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