Sioux City Symphony launches digital app, opens season with broadcast and streamed holiday concert

Posted on: December 8, 2020

“When conductor Ryan Haskins calls the 105th year of the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra ‘a season like no other,’ he isn’t kidding,” writes Earl Horlyk in Thursday’s (12/3) Sioux City Journal (Iowa). “For starters, the season will begin, Dec. 19, with ‘Christmas with the Symphony,’ a concert which … will air on KTIV in addition to being live-streamed, courtesy of SCSO Live…. The app will also be the home for exclusive digital programming … such as a celebration of the life of Beethoven and a chamber music season…. SCSO is scheduled to resume its live performance season in the spring. ‘Symphonic Strings’ is slated to be performed on March 20 at the Orpheum Theatre as well as online…. ‘Even before COVID-19, we were making steps toward streaming programming,’ Haskins said. ‘Some of our audience members prefer not driving at night or going out in the winter but still wanted to experience classic music.’ SCSO Live gives them that option…. ‘I think people have been open to change, … whether it was accepting new music from different types of composers or live-streaming,’ Haskins said…. ‘Our streaming service has given us the ability to include behind-the-scenes features, interviews with musicians and past performances.’ ”