Boston Symphony hopes for fall reopening of Symphony Hall, summer season at Tanglewood

Posted on: March 10, 2021

“Boston Symphony Orchestra CEO Mark Volpe does not anticipate the Boston institution will welcome audiences before early fall at Symphony Hall,” writes Greg Ryan in Tuesday’s (3/9) Boston Business Journal. “The BSO is aiming to perform before crowds at Tanglewood in Western Massachusetts this summer…. The hope is to reopen Symphony Hall in the early fall…. In Boston, indoor performance venues can reopen at 50% capacity, with a 500-person maximum, beginning March 22…. The stage is currently extended about halfway into the auditorium, Volpe said, to accompany the players with the necessary distancing. ‘We could probably have fewer than 100 people in the hall right now, the way it’s organized,’ Volpe said. The organization still needs to rehire employees, especially front-of-the-house workers, after furloughing people last spring. There will also likely need to be engineering adjustments, Volpe said…. Volpe expects a final decision on the Tanglewood schedule later this month, after a BSO board meeting. Much will depend on state and local restrictions going forward, as well as the pandemic’s future path…. Volpe is scheduled to hand over the reins to a new CEO, Los Angeles Philharmonic senior executive Gail Samuel, in June.”