Yakima Symphony cancels Dec./Jan. concerts, plans to expand streamed music options

Posted on: November 13, 2020

“The Yakima Symphony Orchestra has canceled its December and January concerts, which, like all live music, are not permitted until the fourth and final phase of the state’s Safe Start plan to reopen from the COVID-19 pandemic,” writes Pat Muir in Wednesday’s (11/11) Yakima Herald-Republic (Yakima, WA). “Yakima County is in Phase 2, and it’s increasingly apparent it will not be in Phase 4 by next month. A Wednesday news release announcing the changed plans said the concerts would be made up for subscribers [with details to] be announced later in December…. Though the capacity for live audiences will be limited when performances resume, YSO is developing options to access those programs via live streaming. The organization has been producing and posting virtual programming [with] ‘Music From Home’ and ‘Stories From Home’ series, featuring orchestra members performing or being interviewed in their homes…. And at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, YSO conductor Lawrence Golan will host a live online chat and present a recorded performance of … Brahms’ Symphony No. 2. Fans longing for their holiday pops fix can get that, too. At 8 p.m. Dec. 10 Northwest Public Broadcasting will air … selections from previous YSO holiday pops performances.”