Dallas Symphony to perform small-scale programs for limited audiences in fall 2020

Posted on: August 3, 2020

Camera operators, far left and far right, record musicians of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra in Mozart’s Serenade in C minor, K. 388 for wind octet at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center on June 13, 2020. Photo by Ben Torres

“In response to the coronavirus pandemic, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra has planned a compromise for its September through November schedule,” writes Scott Cantrell in Friday’s (7/31) Dallas Morning News. “Most previously announced dates for both classical and pops concerts are being maintained, but … programs are being adjusted to use smaller ensembles of musicians. Audiences in the 2,000-seat Meyerson Symphony Center will be limited to between 50 and 75 people for each performance.… Gone from the schedule are the season opening gala and large-scale works like the Verdi Requiem and symphonies by Bruckner and Shostakovich. But Music Director Fabio Luisi, Kim Noltemy, the DSO’s president and CEO, and Peter Czornyj, the DSO’s vice president of artistic operations, have done an inventive job of preserving previously announced dates, guest conductors and soloists. Programs have been adjusted to use a maximum of 40 musicians at a time, with a stage extension allowing at least six feet between performers. Programs will be shorter, without intermissions…. New remote-control cameras and existing audio equipment will allow live and delayed streams of performances…. The DSO is holding off on updating December performances … These and subsequent concert plans will depend on the course of the pandemic.”