Orchestras that aren’t shuttered through 2021 face a similar challenge in that they need to identify venues that meet local, state, and national safety guidelines. The trouble with that is many don’t own their own facility and as the Ft. Worth Symphony Orchestra recently learned, an owner can pull the rug out from under you in short notice.
For orchestras in milder climates, outdoor stadium venues offer unique potential. They want renters, orchestras need outdoor venues and under the right circumstances it can be a win-win scenario.
On September 05, 2020 the Tulsa Symphony held their opening night concert featuring pianist Yefim Bronfman at ONEOK Field, a minor league baseball stadium. In Orlando, the Orlando Phil is taking a similar approach by holding their opening concert on September 26, 2020 at Exploria Stadium, a major league soccer stadium.
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Hopefully, these initial efforts will begin producing some data that can be shared with the field as a whole.