East Texas Symphony postpones fall 2020 concerts to spring 2021

Posted on: June 29, 2020

“The East Texas Symphony Orchestra’s Board of Directors announced it has voted to reschedule its September and November subscription concerts” to 2021, reads an unsigned article in Wednesday’s (6/24) Tyler Morning Telegraph (Tyler, TX). “This rescheduling allows the entire five-concert subscription season for the coming year to remain virtually as originally designed…. ‘We are dedicated to ensuring the safety and well-being of our patrons, musicians, staff, and volunteers. That means doing everything we can to prevent the spread of COVID-19,’ said ETSO Executive Director Vanessa Gardner. Effective June 3, 2020, the state’s reopening guidelines indicated that … social distancing measures at the UT Tyler Cowan Center would … reduce the capacity to only 32%. ‘Historically, ETSO subscribers alone exceed this capacity,’ Gardner said…. ETSO Board Chair Laura Hyde added, ‘We hope that rescheduling [will] ensure that the concert experience is safe and enjoyable for as many people who wish to attend as possible.’ Repositioning the entire 2020-2021 season … also keeps the programmatic offerings intact, something which ETSO Music Director Richard Lee views as important…. Rock the Classics II will move [from September 2020] to May 22, 2021…. The November [Beethoven] concert … will be moved to Feb. 20, 2021.”