FANTEL MUSIC of Coral Springs Thrives During Pandemic Shutdown: Live to Virtual to Live Again!

CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. - May 4, 2021 - PRLog -- (Coral Springs, FL – May 4, 2021) With more than 60 years of combined professional expertise, the talented husband-and-wife team behind Fantel Music—acclaimed South Florida producer of virtual music and theatre presentations—were deeply concerned as they watched the COVID pandemic shut down all theaters and live performances almost overnight. As disturbing as it seemed in March 2020, no one anticipated that the closure would last for well over a year.

Based in Coral Springs and faced with no foreseeable employment in their established performing and teaching careers, Caryl Fantel (Music Director, Event Producer, Pianist, Teacher, Editor, Arts Activist) and Roy Fantel (Drummer, Percussionist, Teacher, Video-Audio Producer, Web Designer) refocused their diverse talents and quickly became one of South Florida's most in-demand virtual production entities, developing, directing, and/or producing a series of stunning virtual performances that repeatedly wowed online audiences, including:
  • The 44th Carbonell Awards livestreamed last August
  • Stars of David in Concert, produced by Avi Hoffman's Yiddishkayt Initiative
  • Two readings of new musicals that combined recorded and live elements, including one at Florida Atlantic University
  • Two holiday concerts presented as part of Yiddishkayt Initiative's international Hanukkah and Purim festivals
  • Signs of Life, a musical presented as part of a Holocaust Remembrance Day program
  • The Musical Theatre Performance production for Nova Southeastern University
  • The play Almost, Maine and the musical I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change for area high schools

In addition, over the last year, the Fantel Music team created and/or produced music tracks for numerous composers and performers, a virtual music series for East End Temple in New York City, a virtual memorial tribute to beloved music director Paul Reekie, and more.

"COVID has been extraordinarily challenging for everyone in the entertainment industry, but it has given us the opportunity to demonstrate our flexibility," says Caryl Fantel. "Roy's extensive technical background and abilities, and our wide experience working with groups of all sizes, ages and levels, has enabled us to pivot into creating work that isn't necessarily live performance but is still art and entertainment."

"As the pandemic begins to wane, and life—and live performing—slowly but inevitably returns to normal, Fantel Music looks forward to taking on new productions, live or virtual," adds Roy Fantel.

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Caryl Fantel

Roy Fantel

Attached Images:

1.   Caryl & Roy Fantel

2.   Carbonell Awards Virtual Ceremony Musicians

(L-R: Caryl Fantel, Liuba Ohrimenco, Elena Alamilla)

3.   Signs of Life Virtual Musical

(L-R: Front row – Mikayla Cohen, J Savage; Back row – Branden Holzer, Sabrina Lynn Gore, Jack Rodman)

4.   Paul Reekie Virtual Tribute

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