Bangor Symphony will delay 2020-21 season start to January 2021

Posted on: June 16, 2020

“Rather than simply hope that concerts and other performing arts events will be able to return this year if restrictions on large gatherings are lifted, the Bangor Symphony Orchestra is opting instead to start its next season on Jan. 31, 2021 … rather than … late September or early October,” writes Emily Burnham in Monday’s (6/15) Bangor Daily News (ME). “The orchestra will perform the five concerts in the season over the course of about four months. The season will feature a few contemporary works alongside … audience favorites. Executive director Brian Hinrichs said he hoped that the later start date would put the orchestra over the hump in terms of when the most stringent social distancing requirements are lifted [including a current] 50-person gathering limit…. ‘Our concerts typically attract at least 1,000 people, so it just doesn’t make sense to gamble,’ … said Hinrichs.…. One of the pieces planned for this year that the orchestra never performed [due to the shutdown] was ‘The Warming Sea,’ a new, multimedia composition by the orchestra’s music director, Lucas Richman, and commissioned by the Maine Science Festival…. Hinrichs said the orchestra is working on a restaging of the piece sometime in the next 12 months.”