OWENSBORO, KY – In February of 2020 the Owensboro Symphony unveiled what promised to be a season for the record books. The concert season was to have included the Symphony’s 55th Opening Night featuring five-time Grammy nominated vocalist, Michael Feinstein, along with other amazing artists and noteworthy programs. Unfortunately the effects that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on all large gatherings across the nation has pushed the Owensboro Symphony, like other symphony’s across the world, to “reimagine” how events can be offered safely to the region it serves.
Today the Symphony announced that the series of concerts originally scheduled for 2020-21 will be shifted forward one year to the 2021-22 season. However, when restrictions are lifted and make it possible to safely have an event for large gatherings, the Symphony plans to immediately return to Riverpark and present single ticketed events. “We have high hopes of returning to the concert hall in the spring and getting back to sharing the music that we love.” said Troy Quinn, Music Director and Conductor of the Symphony.
Patrons who have already subscribed to the 2020-21 season will be given the opportunity to either: 1) roll their subscription payment forward to the 2021-22 Season 2) donate the cost of their tickets to the Symphony, or 3) be given a full refund. Subscribers who roll their payment to the 2021-22 Season will benefit by being able to keep their same great reserved seats, while also locking in this year’s ticket prices.
One thing that remains certain is the mutual need for connection through music, and the Owensboro Symphony is committed to following through on its mission to deliver that to the region. In an effort to keep musicians and patrons safe, the Symphony will offer small ensembles performing in public spaces where patrons can socially distance from one another. “It is just not possible to present a traditional symphony concert in the RiverPark Center at this time,” said Gwyn Payne, Deputy CEO of the Orchestra. “To have 70 musicians on stage and try to achieve proper social distance would prove virtually impossible.”
In the fall, the Symphony will offer several different types of events in settings that allow for social distancing. On September 25, 2020 from 6 to 8 p.m., the community will be invited to stroll along the beautiful riverfront and enjoy the sounds of the Owensboro Symphony. The event entitled Symphony Stroll, will be offered free to the community, and will feature ensembles placed throughout Smothers Park, beginning with Troy Quinn and the Symphony Chamber Orchestra at the Overlook Stage and reaching all the way to the plaza behind the RiverPark Center where a jazz quartet will perform. There will be many surprises throughout the entire park.
In December the Symphony will stream a Holiday special called Safe at Home for the Holidays featuring Troy Quinn and members of the Owensboro Symphony, with special guest vocalist, Michael Preacely. The broadcast of the performance will be aired on Saturday, December 12 at 7 p.m. The Symphony encourages everyone to remain Safe at Home for the Holidays and enjoy their favorite Holiday music in the comfort of their own home.
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Other small and more intimate offerings currently scheduled throughout the fall include a Symphony Woodwind Ensemble performance in the courtyard of the Daviess County Public Library on September 9, 2020 at 11 a.m. A Cello Choir and String Quartet scheduled to perform on the back patio of the Downtown Hampton Inn and Suites on October 9, 2020 at 6 p.m. and the Symphony Brass Ensemble performing on the Courthouse Lawn on October 29, 2020 at 5 p.m.
“Troy and the entire Symphony team have worked extremely hard in developing musical offerings that allow for the safety of all of those involved,” said Edna Barnes, Owensboro Symphony Governing Board Chair. “As an organization, throughout these challenging days ahead, we are totally committed to remaining engaged in the community in whatever way we can.”