Orchestras are no longer cancelling half of the next season.
They are not even ‘postponing’ it to the following year.
The latest buzzword from the legal department is ‘reimagined’. As in:’Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Announces Reimagined Fall Programming’.
It means the same. No live public concerts. Some online content on a ‘virtual stage’.
Today, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (ASO) and Music Director Robert Spano announced the first phase of the reimagining of its fall 2020 season, responding to the advice of medical professionals and public health officials in order to minimize exposure to COVID-19 for performers, staff and audiences. Under these conditions, all first-phase reimagined concerts in the Delta Classical Series through December 31, 2020 will be performed without a live audience and will be available to view and enjoy on the ASO’s Virtual Stage. The programs will be comprised of smaller orchestral ensembles and will feature Music Director Robert Spano, Principal Guest Conductor Donald Runnicles, selected guest conductors and artists, and ASO members as soloists.
“Our patrons, donors and subscribers have shared with us how much they need the music of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, now more than ever, just as our musicians have expressed how important it is to bring comfort and connection to people during these uncertain times,” said Jennifer Barlament, Executive Director of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. “At this time, the safest way to perform and engage with our community is through virtual performances. These programs are just the first phase of reimagining the fall season; stay tuned for announcements of smaller outdoor performances with live socially distanced audiences.”
Plain English has fallen sick with Covid.