Spokane Symphony cancels 2020-21 indoor main season; will offer pop-up concerts and music education

Posted on: July 27, 2020

“The Spokane Symphony announced Thursday that, due to the continuing coronavirus pandemic, the entire 75th season, which was scheduled to begin in September, will be moved to September 2021 at the Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox,” writes Azaria Podplesky in Friday’s (7/24) Spokesman-Review (Spokane, WA). “The symphony’s free Labor Day weekend concerts also are canceled this year due to restrictions on large gatherings…. The symphony has now turned its focus to presenting smaller performances, community engagement and educational opportunities…. ‘We’re not simply in suspended animation for a year,’ executive director Jeff vom Saal said…. Music Director James Lowe … said …, ‘Transplanting our season (September to May) and then having interim work that is a bit more pop-up in style is the right solution for us.’… Elizabeth Kelley, president of the Spokane Symphony board of the trustees, said … the full board … approved a three-pronged motion … to ‘transplant the 2020-21 season to 2021-22.’ … The board … set up a relief fund for musicians, the organization is covering all health insurance through the end of the year, and the Spokane Symphony Associates … is hard at work figuring out how to safely present Christmas Tree Elegance, a fundraiser for the symphony, this year.”