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Musicians at Home—Jeanine Wynton

November 4, 2020 | Jeanine Wynton

A front porch concert in Raleigh's historic Oakwood neighborhood

Over the summer, the great outdoors afforded space for North Carolina musicians and music lovers to safely gather.

Grant Park Orchestra violinist Jeanine WyntonRaleigh, North Carolina - In March, after all of our concerts were cancelled for health and safety reasons, a couple of my colleagues and I got together and set up an outdoor chamber music series. It began as a socially distant trio, performing on my colleague's beautiful front porch. Then, it expanded into a conductorless chamber orchestra on her neighbor's wrap-around porch! It was such a hit in the neighborhood, we were written up in Raleigh's "Walter" magazine. 

North Carolina Symphony musicians play chamber music at Raleigh homeThis summer, I missed performing in Chicago with the Grant Park Orchestra VERY much. But on a smaller scale, my colleagues and I, from the North Carolina Symphony, were doing very much the same thing in Raleigh that we do in Chicago: Bringing people together, giving them a sense of community and enriching lives by performing great music!

This year, I'm performing concerts with the NCS. We have a full season scheduled with reduced musicians on stage, virtual streaming and hopefully, the possibility of performing for audiences again live after we have a vaccine. I am SO grateful for the supporters of classical music in Raleigh and Chicago. I love my two cities!!


Raleigh neighbors gather for a socially distanced concert