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Health

December 11, 2020 Update

To enjoy live music in person and provide the safest possible environment for you, your fellow audience members and the musicians, the following safety precautions for in-person concerts will include:

•    Socially distanced seating, allowing for staggered seating between rows and at least two seats between groups seated in the same row. Patrons will not be seated on the aisle to provide distance for those navigating the theatre. It is possible that there are locations in the theatre where the distance between patrons may be less than six feet. You will have the opportunity to select your socially distanced seats. Our capacity with socially distanced seating provides for approximately 450 attendees in the theatre that seats more than 1,600.
•    Two performances, with the addition of a 1:30 p.m. matinee performance along with the 7:30 p.m. evening performance to accommodate for the social distancing of all subscribers. You will have the opportunity to select your preferred performance time, based on availability.
•    Mandatory face coverings over the mouth and nose for all patrons, staff and volunteers for the entirety of the event, from the time you arrive at the building to the time that you exit
•    Concessions will not be available on the premises.
•    Upon arrival, we encourage you to make your way to your seats and not congregate in the lobby.
•    No intermission in an effort to reduce your exposure to other patrons

We understand that the measures outlined above alter the concert experience that we all enjoy, but these precautions are necessary to provide the safest possible environment for all. If you are uncomfortable with these measures, we ask that you continue to enjoy the concerts through a live video stream that will be provided to all subscribers. We will happily welcome you back for in-person attendance as the situation allows.

Our next step is for Masterworks subscribers to help us answer the following questions:
•    Are you interested in experiencing concerts through a digital video stream, or would you like to enjoy concerts in person? If you would like to attend in person, do you prefer the evening performance or the afternoon performance?

If you would like to experience the concerts through a digital video stream, please email tickets@pensacolasymphony.com or call 850.435.2533 by December 18, noting your desire to view the digital stream and providing your preferred email address to receive the stream. We will provide you with additional information about how to access the stream at a later date. If you select this option, you will not be assigned a seat at this time. Should you change your mind and want to attend concerts in person, you may contact us at any time, and we will work to accommodate your request.

If you would like to attend in person, please email tickets@pensacolasymphony.com or call 850.435.2533 by December 18, noting your desire to attend in person with your preference of the 1:30 p.m. or 7:30 p.m. performance. You can expect to receive a phone call from us in December or January to discuss available socially distanced seating. Calls will be completed by seating section. We appreciate your patience as we reach out personally to our many valued subscribers.

Though the current health situation necessitates changes, please be assured that we have your preferred seats on file. When we return to our traditional seating arrangements, you will be able to go back to the seats that you love!

We understand that you might have questions regarding this season, and we are happy to help answer them! You can ask those questions when we call, or you may reach out to us at any time by emailing info@pensacolasymphony.com or calling our offices at 850.435.2533 between 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday – Friday. Should you have the desire to make any changes to your tickets, we pledge to be flexible, empathetic and accommodating.

We are hopeful that the plan to resume concerts in February is possible, but we continue to monitor the latest recommendations from the CDC, and we may need to make additional adjustments. Your health is our highest priority.   

We are looking forward to enjoying music together soon. Until then, we wish the best of health for you and your loved ones.

August 25, 2020 Update

We hope that you are well and keeping safe. During the past few months, so many of you have reached out to ask about your Pensacola Symphony Orchestra. The depth of our gratitude for your support cannot be overstated. While much is still unknown, the strength of this community will carry us all through challenging times.

After monitoring the developments of the current public health crisis and after much discussion, we have decided to postpone the start of our season and alter a portion of our programming out of concern for you, our patrons, and our musicians. Your health is our priority, but we all miss the joy that comes from the communal experience of live music.

We have made these difficult decisions about the season guided by the following objectives:

  • Ensuring the health and safety of our patrons, musicians, staff and volunteers
  • Preserving the vitality of the organization
  • Continuing to innovate and add value to our community

It has become clear that to accomplish each of these objectives, the following changes must be made:

Rescheduling Concerts

  • Our first three Masterworks concerts have been rescheduled for later during the 2020-21 season.
  • Our two Pops concerts have been rescheduled for the 2021-22 season.
    Celebrate the New Year! Ella & Louis will be presented December 31, 2021.
    Come Fly with Me: Music of Sinatra & More will be presented February 12, 2022.
  • Home for the Holidays Featuring Ashley Brown will be rescheduled for the 2021-22 season. This event is an add-on concert and is not part of our traditional Masterworks or Pops Series.

Subscribers for these concerts do not need to take action as your tickets will be honored on the rescheduled dates.

Reimagining Programming
In an effort to increase safety for patrons and musicians, we will be adjusting the programming for some of our concerts, allowing for a smaller orchestra and shorter programs (around one hour) without an intermission. In making these changes, we hope to limit musicians’ and patrons’ exposure to others while providing a stellar musical experience and retaining our guest artists. With the changes outlined, the 2020-21 season will be presented as follows:

February 20, 2021 – Opening Night! featuring Copland’s Appalachian Spring and Paul Huang playing Brahms’ Violin Concerto

March 6, 2021 – Russian Spectacular (Add-On Concert) featuring Prokofiev’s Classical Symphony and Jeffrey Biegel playing Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1                        

March 20, 2021 – Beethoven & Blue Jeans featuring Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3, “Eroica”

April 24, 2021 – Haydn, Symphony No. 94, "Surprise"

May 15, 2021 – Mendelssohn, Symphony No. 3, "Scottish"

June 26, 2021 – Dvorak, Symphony No. 8

It is possible that we may need to assign socially distanced seating for some of these concerts, so you will not be receiving your tickets at this time. Rest assured; your seats are still on record and locked in for all future concerts that are seated traditionally and for you to renew during the 2021-22 season! For subscribers who are uncomfortable attending in person, we will be offering a streaming option for you to enjoy the orchestra from the comfort of your own home. As we know more, we will be reaching out to you with additional information.


Reinvesting in our Community
We will not be on the stage this fall, but we will be sharing new opportunities to stay connected and hear the music that we all love. It is during times like these that we need music the most.

We understand that you might have questions regarding these changes, and we are happy to help answer them! Please reach out to us by emailing info@pensacolasymphony.com or calling our offices at 850.435.2533 between 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Monday – Friday. Should you have the desire to make any changes to your tickets, we pledge to be flexible, empathetic and accommodating.

After 95 years, your Pensacola Symphony is determined to return to the stage as soon as it is safe to do so. While we may not be together at our beloved Saenger Theatre this fall, we promise to continue to be there for you as you have been for us.

Until we gather again, we wish the best of health for you and your loved ones.

 

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