Michigan’s Jackson Symphony takes flexible approach to fall 2020 reopening

Posted on: October 5, 2020

“The Jackson Symphony Orchestra is considering how it can make the show go on,” writes McKenna Ross in Thursday’s (10/1) MLive (Michigan). “Performance venues can reopen with limited capacity beginning Oct. 9 under a new executive order from Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. Many venues turned to online programming throughout the closures and continue to do so…. Steve Trosin, JSO director of business and operations, said Thursday … that the group hopes to host performances this year, depending on capacity abilities and the local status of the virus. Regardless of audiences, Trosin said the group used pop-up performances at various spots in Jackson to promote music and plans to record live performances for online shows…. ‘Air scrubbers’ [have been installed] in the HVAC system at Weatherwax Hall,” the Jackson Symphony’s home. “Other precautionary measures or guidelines [are] in place … for patrons, staff and musicians … for performances when they occur…. ‘One of the concerns is that this is such a rapidly changing situation and we need to be able to react quickly,’ Trosin said. ‘So we’re hopeful that something could still happen in 2020, but also understand that even with the best plan, if there’s a sudden change … it may not.’ ”