This isn't string related particularly but does anyone know why orchestra seasons are why they are? As in, why are they from Sep-June? Any info would be helpful to quench my curiosity aha.
I don't have details at my fingertips, but probably best to look at the rhythms of the 19C and early 20c British and European social seasons. In the summer, people with money would break for the country, and look at things like horse racing or yachting before coming back into Town. Concerts were things that happened indoors, so better suited to cold/dark weather.
There are 52 week orchestras.
When your kids are off school is when you can travel and do things out-of-doors -- including seeing various orchestras and such at the open-air festival venues.
Even 52-week performing organizations make a distinction between "The Season" -- specifically, the subscription season that occupies the main part of the year -- and "the summer season".
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