Two musicians from the Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra made a stop by the 17th Place Townhomes on Saturday, April 18th as part of an event the Townhome was holding to make stay at home orders a little more bearable for its residents. The event also included dessert baskets for residents and a chalk artist to brighten the residents’ view of their courtyard sidewalks. The symphony musicians were staged six feet apart and wearing face masks, to adhere to proper social distancing protocol, and residents were encouraged to view the performance from their apartments, but even with these restrictions, the community was able to come “together” for live art and music.

“During these stressful times when many are missing the ability to connect, the opportunity to bring live music to the residents is especially exciting,” said Holly Arnold, executive director of the Bakersfield Symphony. “Studies have shown that music is good for overall well-being and, in addition, this opportunity allows the residents to have a socially distant, but shared experience.”

The symphony hopes to create more socially-distanced performance opportunities while social isolation orders remain in place.

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