Owensboro Symphony replaces 2020-21 season with new slate of smaller programs, some outdoors

Posted on: August 28, 2020

The Owensboro Symphony Orchestra in Kentucky announced that it has postponed its originally planned 2020-21 concerts one year, to the 2021-22 season. Instead, the orchestra will offer small ensembles performing in public spaces where patrons can be socially distanced. “It is just not possible to present a traditional symphony concert in the RiverPark Center at this time,” said Gwyn Payne, the orchestra’s deputy CEO. “To have 70 musicians on stage and try to achieve proper social distance would prove virtually impossible.” Fall offerings include a September 25 event during which the community is invited to stroll along the riverfront; the free event, entitled Symphony Stroll, will feature ensembles throughout Smothers Park, including Music Director Troy Quinn and the Symphony Chamber Orchestra, as well as a jazz quartet. Other events include a woodwind ensemble performing in the courtyard of the Daviess County Public Library on September 9; a cello choir and string quartet performing on the patio of the Downtown Hampton Inn and Suites on October 9; and a brass ensemble performing on the Courthouse Lawn on October 29. The orchestra’s holiday program, reconfigured as “Safe at Home for the Holidays,” will feature Quinn and members of the orchestra; it will be streamed on December 12.