With spring season cancelled, Richmond Symphony looks to summer 2020—virtual or live

Posted on: May 15, 2020

“Just as businesses figure out how to navigate the disruptions of the coronavirus, so do arts-oriented nonprofits as government orders have prompted organizers to cancel concerts and theaters to close their doors,” writes Jack Jacobs in Thursday’s (5/14) Richmond Biz Sense (Virginia). “The Richmond Symphony canceled its spring programs, and hopes to pick back up with live performances this summer, though that will depend on government guidelines, Executive Director David Fisk said. [With] payroll assistance from the federal government [and] donations … the symphony hasn’t laid off any employees…. The symphony held a virtual concert and fundraiser via Facebook Live in late April…. Once stay-at-home orders are lifted … Fisk expects that while there will be people eager to see live music, others may continue to be wary of crowds… The Richmond Symphony … is looking into how it can broadcast performances…. The pandemic’s disruptions have created a difficult climate for musicians. Members of the symphony patch together an income drawn from the steady employment of the symphony and other performance gigs … which have dried up. But Fisk seemed hopeful the symphony would survive and felt musicians will play a key role in uniting the community in the aftermath of the pandemic.”