Coronavirus concerns have led to many concerts across the state and country being canceled this year, but the music will go on for the Great Falls Symphony. They’re adapting the upcoming season to still provide live performances.
The first show is called “Lift Every Voice” and is scheduled for Saturday, October 3rd. It will feature string music by Black composers: Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, Adolphus Hailstork, William Grant Still, and Jessie Montgomery.
The symphony is offering six shows between October and April. Each performance will have two showings, one at 3 p.m. and the other at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets are free for the upcoming season, but need to be picked up in advance at the Mansfield Center for the Performing Arts box office.
The audience will be limited to 200 people: 100 in the balcony, and 100 on the main floor.
Musicians will be socially-distanced on stage and limited in capacity. The upcoming performance will feature around 30 performers instead of the usual 60 to 70.
“For the first concert, we are doing all strings because they can wear masks and I’ll wear a mask too. It will look a little weird with the masked conductor. Since it’s the first one we wanted to make sure we have our procedures in place before we add wind players sending saliva in all directions,” explained Grant Harville, Great Falls Symphony Music Director & Conductor.
People who are unable to attend live performances can watch the symphony through KRTV streaming apps on Roku, Apple TV, and Android TV - click here for details.