Colorado Springs Musician Cynthia Lynn Finds Audience During Pandemic Thanks to Curbside Culture | Cheyenne Edition
Nothing compares to a live audience, says local musician, violinist Cynthia Lynn. In the past 16 months of limited contact in our company, she and her colleagues have crisscrossed the city, launched YouTube channels, and found other ways to connect with listeners when the usual options for theatrical performances were limited.
Now they’re coming back in person, but some of those opportunities are still outside.
Curbside Culture, a program from the Pikes Peak area cultural office encouraged local artists to connect during the pandemic with their audiences at outdoor venues across town.
Lynn has performed for Fountain Town and downtown Colorado Springs for “The Butterfly Revelation” with Curbside Culture.
“It was one of the first things people got to come out of their homes to see,” she says.
In August 2020, the butterfly sculptures were on display for a ceremony at the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum.
Even now, indoor performance venues still have audience limits and performers are trying to recover from lost bookings, so COPPeR is continuing the Curbside Culture series.
Curbside Culture has seen over 60 performances and bookings ranging from dance and drumming to aerial arts in the past year.
The outdoor performance venues for Lynn and other musicians were varied. They have adapted to weather problems. Set up overturned stands during a windy performance on ‘the Mesa’ overlooking the Garden of the Gods, using a tent for musicians and bring your own chairs for members of the public at concerts in a large backyard at Rockrimmon, and the Broadmoor provided heaters on their terraces for micro-weddings.
The artists walked away, wore masks, pushed aside their stands and turned their own musical pages. And in Lynn’s case, she’s given around 80 concerts from her living room. Do two shows a week for a while on Facebook Live and YouTube, using their own pre-recorded piano backgrounds. A lot of people watched them live, she said, and now she’s sharing recordings of those performances.
“It was really popular,” she says.
It worked until tech issues like an irritating WiFi lag got too bothersome.
So far this summer in a performance at the bandshell at Bancroft Park, Lynn said she once again heard people clapping and laughing in person: “It was just great, I got goosebumps. “
Lynn says she was also able to speak to the public, as an announcer.
According to its website, fiddlinbiker.com/home, “Cynthia Lynn (and First-Strings) can” design a bespoke mini-concert to meet your desires / needs. “
Lynn, sometimes with a duo, trio, or quartet of other musicians, “… can play selections from most styles of music, including classical, classic rock, movie and Broadway tunes, Celtic, some current indie tunes, jazz and even rap melodies (by Eminem & Dr. Dre).
Lynn often does “church work” on Sunday mornings, playing solo violin at various services.
Since 1980, Lynn has been a professional musician at the Colorado Springs Philharmonic. She has performed with many famous celebrities and famous musical groups at big local venues like Red Rocks Amphitheater and The Broadmoor World Arena.
But she says she also enjoys wedding concerts like the one at the Club at Flying Horse.
She joins other “jazz buddies” in the pit band for musicals at Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College, and with other local musical artists at restaurants such as Jives Coffee Lounge and The Margarita at Pine Creek.
She also released two CDs and “practiced more” during the stoppages. Additionally, she shares that as the Colorado Springs Philharmonic struggles to return, individuals are making creative efforts to maintain relationships, income, and performance. Provide new opportunities for artists to perform together and connect with audiences.
Curbside Culture continues to add artists to its roster and accomplished artists living in El Paso and Teller counties are welcome to apply. Interested artists can download an application from the Curbside Culture website, culturaloffice.org/programs/curbside-culture.
Businesses or individuals interested in hiring local artists through Curbside Culture can access a digital toolkit on the website to use to share bookings with friends and the public.