The annual fundraising event, “Music in Bloom” by the Northern Valley Youth Orchestras, will take place as an online event this year, said Naomi Welsh, executive director.
A virtual fundraiser will be presented on the group’s website and Facebook page from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 5, with NVYO musicians providing music in a spring atmosphere, an online auction and donation match opportunities.
Typically, the NVYO musicians perform, as soloists and in small groups, for the annual “Music in Bloom” event at All Seasons Garden Center. The event, which had been scheduled for Sunday, April 5 at All Seasons, will be rescheduled, but the date has not yet been determined, Welsh said.
The student-musicians have pre-recorded their performances individually in their homes. In recording pieces for small groups -- duets, trios or quartets -- students use a specialized computer application which allows each to play and record their part along with that of one or more previously recorded musicians.
“It’s kind of a chain,” Welsh said.
For example, four boxes are visible on the screen, and each student can be seen and heard performing in each box and in sync with the other musicians, she said.
Nothing replaces playing together in the same space, but this is the next best way for musicians to perform together without being physically together, she said.
The company that developed the software has donated $1,000 worth of app time to the NVYO for this purpose, she said.
“It creates some semblance of playing with another human being," said Welsh, noting that the videos of musical performances will be interspersed with photos and other videos that will visually celebrate spring.
About 25 NVYO members will be participating in the project. Another 10 or so NVYO alumni living at a distance are also participating by pre-recording and providing videos of themselves performing.
For this fundraising event, the first $1,500 received in donations will be matched, according to Welsh.
The online auction, which closes at 4 p.m. Sunday, April 5, features a variety of items, including whitewater rafting and golf packages, restaurant certificates, handyman services, handcrafted pottery, a mini drone and tickets for live theater and concert performances.
Bidding for a “mega roll” of Charmin bath tissue starts at $1, but its value is listed as “priceless,” according to the auction website.
To watch the video, bid on auction items or contribute to the NVYO, go online to the group’s website, www.nvyo.org.