Musical America charts U.S. orchestras performing at concert halls, with audiences

Posted on: May 19, 2021

“As we move from pandemic shutdown to the CDC’s permission to go mask-less, the range and scope of reopenings across the U.S. is … vast,” write Susan Elliott and Zachary Lewis in Tuesday’s (5/18) Musical America (subscription required). “The Dallas Symphony has been playing to limited live audiences in Meyerson Hall (now at 50 percent capacity) since last September, yet the National Symphony is just preparing to open the Kennedy Center Concert Hall and at only ten percent capacity…. And either or both could change—hopefully for the better—at any moment. In the meantime, streamed concerts—some live from empty halls, some newly recorded, some archived, some ‘newly curated’—continue…. Al fresco recitals and chamber concerts have also been a constant in warmer climes. The ingenuity and creativity to stay ‘out there’ among artists and performing arts organizations during these 14 months has been phenomenal. And now we are all scrambling to get back…. We have put together a progress chart of orchestras that are back in their halls … in May. All of the information comes directly from the ensembles, and it is an ever-moving target that we will endeavor to keep up to date.”