Vancouver Symphony Orchestra gives first concert in 454 days
The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra welcomed a live audience for the first time in 454 days on Saturday.
“The musicians are so excited to even have 50 people coming back, to have this energy, to have this response is a blessing in so many ways,” Neil Middleton, VSO’s VP of Marketing, told Global News.
“We are so excited, this is a first step forward.”
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The orchestra has scheduled four live performances between Saturday and next weekend, all for a crowd of 50 – in line with relaxed provincial COVID-19 orders for in-person gatherings.
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Middleton said more than 1,300 people have submitted nominations in hopes of having the chance to see the show live.
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The lucky attendees included longtime supporters of the orchestra and frontline workers, including doctors and nurses.
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Middleton said the orchestra will be on hiatus over the summer, with an announcement regarding plans for live audiences at the 2,500-seat Orpheum Theater at some point in late summer.
“Whether we can have 500, 1,000, 15,000 people in the concert hall, we’ll be ready,” Middleton said.
The VSO has broadcast performances virtually during the pandemic, which Middleton said will continue.
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