Updated: March 16, 2021 12:54 PM
Created: March 16, 2021 11:38 AM
The Minnesota Orchestra said in-person audiences will soon be able to attend its concerts again.
According to Tuesday's announcement, in-person audiences will be welcomed back at concerts in June.
Audience sizes will be limited at Orchestra Hall but a slight increase in the number of performances will help accommodate more in-person audience members in July and August. Safety measures, including social distancing, mask requirements for all attendees, and staggered arrival and departure times, will be implemented when in-person guests are welcomed back.
"We have been waiting for this moment for a long time, and it means a lot that we will be able to conclude the Classical season by welcoming audiences back to Orchestra Hall," Music Director Osmo Vänskä said. "Our aim this year has been to give people choices around how they can connect with the Orchestra, and soon they will be able to decide if they'd like to experience a concert by watching on television or online, listening on the radio or attending in person. Those June performances will be very emotional."
"Our approach is to offer a gradual, phased return to live concert performances with in-person audiences," Minnesota Orchestra President and CEO Michelle Miller Burns added. "In June that means we will be ready to open Orchestra Hall to audiences with appropriate safety measures in place, such as staggered entries and departures, required masking and physical distancing. By July and August, we will increase the number of concerts the Orchestra is offering each performance week and potentially expand audience size, in alignment with Stay Safe MN guidelines. Safety and flexibility will continue to be our priorities as we enter this new and exciting phase of concert presentation."
Minnesota Orchestra subscribers will be directly notified of changes to the concert season and will have the first chance to reserve in-person tickets. Tickets for the general public will be available on May 18.
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