Port Angeles Symphony’s 2020-21 season: fewer concerts, social distancing, roomier concert hall

Posted on: May 21, 2020

“The Port Angeles Symphony Orchestra’s concert season will look different come this fall, in light of a unanimous vote by the symphony’s board of directors,” reads an unsigned article in Wednesday’s (5/20) Sequim Gazette (Sequim, WA). “This past week … music director Jonathan Pasternack [and] the board discussed ways to modify the community orchestra’s 2020-2021 programming…. He and the board revised the coming lineup of concerts, opting to hold all of them in the Port Angeles High School Performing Arts Center [where] there’s space enough … for concertgoers to practice social distancing.… At the full-orchestra concerts … the ensemble will be slightly smaller in number so the musicians’ seating can be spread out. ‘Additional measures will include modifying ticketing procedures … forgoing concessions and ticket sales at concert time, providing multiple sanitizer stations at the venue, and staggering arrival and departure times for patrons at the concert hall,’ said Pasternack.… In early March, Pasternack announced cancellation of the Symphony’s March and May performances…. ‘As heartbroken as we are about the cancellations, we’ve worked hard to design a new season,’ Pasternack said, adding that he lives for the day when he can return to gathering orchestra and audience for the experience of live music.”