LAKEWOOD, Ohio — It’s the silence, not the beat, that goes on for Lakewood-based freelance musician Andrew Pongracz, who like so many different Northeast Ohio stay performers are struggling in the course of the pandemic.
“Early on, I watched all of my work go away inside a matter of weeks,” mentioned Pongracz, a 1988 Elyria Excessive Faculty graduate. “It’s very irritating and exhausting. The funding you’ve put in time and in devices.
“I’ve rather a lot in the home. Actually, nothing is getting used. I miss seeing and dealing with my associates, my colleagues. I fear about them too.”
A timpanist with the Cleveland Pops Orchestra and principal percussionist with each the Cleveland Chamber Symphony and Youngstown Symphony, Pongracz over the previous couple of a long time has constructed up a profitable profession taking part in with quite a few entities, together with Nice Lakes Theater. He’s additionally shared the stage with Aretha Franklin, Charo, Frankie Valli, Sure and Kansas.
After watching every little thing dry up, the performer isn’t positive how his trade will rebound.
“The fantasy is simply to have the ability to return to work right here quickly, however I don’t understand how life like that’s,” mentioned Pongracz, who teaches three college students at Lorain County Group Faculty. “At this level, I’ve a tough time envisioning getting again to work and dealing in a standard capability.
“I do know the Youngstown Symphony goes to do a live performance in March with simply 14 string gamers and no conductor. I’m optimistic that possibly shifting ahead we are able to begin to do some smaller concert events to get our footing again, so to talk.”
After seven months away from the stage, Pongracz shall be experiencing a way of normalcy subsequent week when he performs an hour-long present with Duo Kettő.
The brand new act consists of soprano soloist spouse, Brenda, who not solely is the dean of arts & humanities on the Lorain County Group Faculty, but additionally has carried out domestically with Cleveland Opera on Tour, Cleveland Opera and Hiram Faculty Opera Theater.
The socially-distant pleasant free live performance takes place at 7:30 p.m. Monday (Oct. 26) within the Hoke Theatre of Stocker Arts Middle. This might probably be adopted by a few church gigs for Pongracz, however nothing is definite at the moment.
So far as the upcoming debut of Duo Kettő, Pongracz is uncharacteristically anxious. Contemplating the unsure occasions, it is sensible.
“I’m excited and in addition reasonably apprehensive, solely as a result of I get so used to performing the entire time I don’t often have time to overthink issues,” mentioned Pongracz, who when he’s not practising takes care of the couple’s two boys. “Being a freelancer, you’re all the time type of going from one factor to the subsequent.
“You deliver the most effective product you possibly can to every factor you do. For this, I’ve had all of this time to consider this one specific factor. I’ve to ensure that I don’t overthink it, that we simply go on the market and play and revel in doing what we’re doing.”
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