Wichita Symphony to open season with outdoor and indoor live concerts with reduced audience

Posted on: September 25, 2020

“The first half of the Wichita Symphony Orchestra’s 2020-21 season will have neither the full corps of musicians on stage nor a full audience,” writes David Burke in Sunday’s (9/20) Wichita Eagle (KS). “What it will have in its ‘reimagined’ season is smaller-scale performances for socially distanced audiences at its longtime concert hall, on-demand video versions of those concerts, and community outreach that includes Saturday afternoon concerts in Wichita parks beginning next weekend. [For] concerts scheduled for Oct. 24, Nov. 14 and Dec. 6 … 300 tickets will be sold for the 1,669-seat main floor of Century II [concert hall]…. The maximum number of players on stage is 30….’WSO Connect’ will offer those concerts on-demand for a 30-day viewing period, beginning a week after the concert…. Next weekend … the symphony, in conjunction with Wichita Park & Recreation, presents the first of two ‘Playing Across the Parks’ Saturday afternoon concerts … Since the pandemic shut down operations in mid-March, WSO staff and performers have branched out [with] Facebook Live videos from [Music Director Daniel] Hege … and concertmaster Holly Mulcahy’s regularly scheduled concerts over Zoom. ‘It broadened our base, particularly with Facebook and Holly’s Zoom recitals,’ CEO Don Reinhold said.”