Kansas City Symphony plans small-scale return to concert hall in Jan. 2021

Posted on: December 22, 2020

“The Kansas City Symphony announced Thursday it will start off the new year with a scaled-down return to its home stage in Helzberg Hall at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts,” writes Laura Spencer in Thursday’s (12/17) KCUR radio (Kansas City, MO). “Concerts scheduled from January through March 2021 will take place with a smaller-than-usual orchestra, distanced and with masks on…. Music Director Michael Stern is slated to conduct 10 concerts…. And conductor Jack Everly will lead two concerts in the Pops series…. Programming for April, May and June is expected to be announced in late February. The Symphony worked with a team from the University of Kansas Health System to put new protocols in place. Attendance at Helzberg Hall will be limited to … fewer than 300 people…. During the pandemic … the organization invested in a new digital platform, MySymphonySeat.org, so viewers can watch performances from home…. Kansas City, Missouri’s emergency order limiting gatherings to a maximum of 10 persons remains in effect until Jan. 16. The symphony’s new concerts are slated to start on Jan. 17. ‘It’s my hope that the order is not extended, but if it is extended, we will adapt,’ executive director Danny Beckley said.”