Sioux City Symphony looks ahead to 2021-22, following this season’s hybrid in-person and virtual programs

Posted on: August 10, 2021

“The ways in which the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra attracts its audience has evolved, and so has the audience’s expectations for the innovative fine arts programming,” writes Earl Horlyk in Sunday’s (8/8) Sioux City Journal (IA). “Indeed, the new SCSO.LIVE on-demand video streaming services, has been bringing national recognition for the orchestra, which begins its 106th season in October.… Services like SCSO.LIVE allow audiences to see high-definition concerts [and] enjoy exclusive programming that is only available online…. Music director Ryan Haskins and his orchestra … began the [2020-21] season with ‘Christmas with the Symphony’ … presented, sans live audience, on television as well as at SCSO.LIVE…. During [a later] hybrid period … Haskins … ‘noticed audiences were returning to our live shows but they’d also watch it online,’ he said…. A few months before the start of the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra’s 106th year, Haskins is keeping his fingers crossed that the season will continue as planned…. ‘More things have been done virtually as both audiences and organizations adapted to change.’ According to Haskins, this evolution is a positive sign of things to come. ‘The arts shouldn’t belong to a select few,’ he said. ‘Instead, it should be available for everyone enjoy.’ ”