RICHARDSON – The Richardson Symphony Orchestra (RSO) is opening its 59th season this weekend with a celebration of Beethoven under very tight restrictions amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

String players and percussionists will be wearing facial masks during the performance and Plexiglas shields have been installed to separate brass and woodwind players.  For patrons, seating is automatically socially distanced with four empty seats placed on either side of a group. There will also be no intermission, valet parking, concessions or merchandise sales.

Signs will also be posted to encourage social distancing and remind people that masks are required, and hand sanitizer is available.

“It will be different, but we are very excited to be able to bring live orchestral music to the community,” said Laurie Garvie, Executive Director of the Richardson Symphony Orchestra.

In addition to safety protocols, the performance will be available via livestream.  RSO will have cameras set up on stage to give audience members at home different angles to enjoy the concert.

RSO’s concert is an all-Beethoven program featuring Beethoven’s Symphony No. 8 in F Major, Op. 93 and Beethoven’s Violin Concerto in D, Op. 61 with guest artist Elisabeth Adkins.

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