The Oregon Symphony has released its latest video in the "Essential Sounds" series, which honors the work of those on the frontlines of the pandemic.
This episode highlights the work of providing testing and research on the pandemic, through personal intersections between music and medicine. The Symphony's Assistant Concertmaster, Erin Furbee, and her friend Mika Sunago, Nurse Manager at Good Samaritan Hospital, play the dramatic music of Argentinian composer Astor Piazzola. Carin Miller Packwood plays two gorgeously emotional Bulgarian folksongs arranged for bassoon and tells the story of her friend Nina, a cellist and pathologist in New York working to understand how patients survive COVID-19.
The "Composers in Quarantine" segment features a conversation with New York-based composer Jessie Montgomery, and the program finishes with a performance by Israel Nebeker of Astoria, Oregon band Blind Pilot, backed by string players from the Symphony.
The program also calls out support for medical research through the OHSU Foundation.