October 15, 2020

UW-Superior music professor to be featured in performances utilizing new delivery modes

Erin Aldridge, professor of violin and director of orchestra at the University of Wisconsin-Superior has been selected as a featured violinist in two high-profile musical performances. Both utilize new modes of delivery due to COVID-19 safety precautions.

Along with being concertmaster, Aldridge has been selected as guest soloist with the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra’s livestream event for the opening concert of the 2020-21 season on Saturday, Oct. 17. The concert features some of the most beloved works written for string orchestra. Musicians will be socially distanced and wearing masks as they live stream the performance from the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center stage. Tickets are available at dsso.com/2020-21-season-recomposed.

“Being a featured soloist with the DSSO is by invitation only and they bring in artists who are nationally and internationally renowned, so this is a big honor for me,” said Aldridge.

Aldridge is also part of a performance by Decameron Opera Coalition, a collaboration of nine opera companies from across the United States. The opera companies have combined to present four nights of new opera performances. Each episode is being released on its premiere date and will remain available on demand for viewing through the end of the year. More information and tickets are available at decameronoperacoalition.org.

“The opera performance is an all-virtual performance meaning that each person involved recorded their part on their own and then all the parts were pieced together to create the final product,” said Aldridge. “This is completely opposite of how we normally put performances together, and creates some interesting challenges. The pianist recorded first, then I recorded next, and then the singers. I am excited about the final product.”

Aldridge said these opportunities are not only beneficial for her as a professional musician, but also in instructing her students who are currently working on repertoire that will be streamed later this semester for public viewing.

“We have a very active performing faculty at UWS,” she said. “Any time our students get to see us perform and model the very things we teach them every week in lessons and ensembles, it is incredibly valuable.”

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