St. Louis Symphony to return to live performance at Powell Hall, follow detailed guidance from health professionals

Posted on: October 8, 2020

“The St. Louis Symphony Orchestra has announced it will return to Powell Hall next week with several in-person concerts,” writes Vince Brennan in Wednesday’s (10/7) St. Louis Business Journal (MO). “The symphony will host socially-distant, limited-capacity concerts Oct. 15-18 [and] Oct. 22-24…. St. Louis Symphony Orchestra officials worked with a team of infectious disease specialists from the Washington University School of Medicine to develop protocols to ensure the safety of patrons, musicians and staff members. This plan, approved by the city of St. Louis, includes a socially distanced seat map, and requires audience members, staff, and string players of the orchestra to wear masks at all times, the release said. Though Powell Hall has been approved for a capacity of 300 people per concert, SLSO officials have capped each concert at 100 people…. Performances will feature Jessie Montgomery’s ‘Starburst,’ Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3, Richard Strauss’ ‘Metamorphosen,’ Dvořák’s Serenade for Winds and the symphony’s first performance of Takashi Yoshimatsu’s ‘And birds are still….’ The concerts will include a 40-musician ensemble led by Music Director Stephane Denève. The in-person shows will complement the symphony’s fall slate of outdoor concerts in the community, digital media performances, virtual events and educational resources.”