Symphony orchestras and opera companies are not just trying to figure out when they will reopen. They’re also trying to determine if patrons will feel comfortable returning to concert halls and opera houses once they are open. And if performers are willing to work in the same spacial confines they’ve performed in previously.
Impresarios and general managers are now having to consider “socially-distanced” seating, restroom monitors, eliminating lobby bars, and whether string players are even willing to share a stand. All these changes likely involve selling far fewer tickets and, needless to say, a host of logistical issues. In a time when concert attendance is already low in many cities, eliminating some of the “perks” of going to a live concert may have a negative effect. And which venues will be best equipped to serve up the best concert experience, in light of the new restrictions? Traditional performance halls? Smaller venues? Outdoor spaces?
Whether you are a musician or a patron, what’s your personal appetite for returning to your concert hall and/or opera house when theaters officially reopen in your area? Please pick one of the options that best represents your feelings at this stage. Then leave your comments below. I'd also be interested in any ideas you have for how concert presenters can create a safe environment and the best concert experience, considering the new constraints brought on by the pandemic.
Thank you to Diana Skinner for this Weekend Vote idea! If you have an idea for the Weekend Vote, please feel welcome to e-mail me and share your idea!
This article has been archived and is no longer accepting comments.
Violinist.com is made possible by...
Discover the best of Violinist.com in these collections of editor Laurie Niles' exclusive interviews.