Dallas Symphony to offer audiences free rapid antigen tests

Posted on: January 19, 2022

“Due to a rise in COVID-19 cases in Dallas, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra is implementing extra measures to protect audience members and staff,” reads an unsigned article in Tuesday’s (1/18) Violin Channel. “In early January, … two members of the orchestra tested positive for the virus…. Two works by Maurice Ravel had to be removed from that evening’s program, since the concert could not proceed in its entirety without the affected musicians…. Now all patrons are required to either show proof of vaccination, have proof of a negative PCR test within 48 hours, or take a rapid antigen test. The way that this policy diverges from those implemented by other orchestras, however, is that ticket-holders can take a free rapid antigen test on-site at the orchestra’s Meyerson Symphony Center, provided they arrive at least sixty minutes before the concert…. If patrons happen to test positive, they will … be sent home … but the orchestra will also refund the cost of their tickets….. ‘I started thinking about plans for audiences for this surge we knew was coming,’ [said Dallas Symphony President and CEO] Kim Noltemy. ‘I talked with our consultants … and they agreed it was a good plan.’ ”