The Seattle Symphony Orchestra (SSO) recently announced plans to begin performing live concerts via streaming platform as a cornerstone of 20/21 activity.
If their county government engages Phase 4 of their reopening strategy during the season, they plan on introducing in-person audience live concerts.
According to the SSO’s press statement, streamed performances will include guest artists although none were named.
Programs will feature onstage performances with socially distanced Seattle Symphony musicians and guest artists…The modified 2020–2021 season will include changes to the previously announced season, including revisions to the concert schedule, guest artist lineup and programming; further updates to come in late August.
They also confirmed the musicians have agreed to a 50 percent reduced salary for the 20/21 season while executive administrators and the music director are only reducing wages by 30 percent. There was no mention of specific staff cuts other than most have had work hours cut by 50 percent and/or been placed on a euphemism-heavy “Standby or SharedWork plans.”
Details about actual programming and artists is expected by the end of August.
Unless those plans change, this makes the SSO one of the latest orchestras to opt for doing something other than nothing for 20/21.