Several symphonies have staged a comeback with new shorter formats. Some are now playing pre-recorded or streamed concerts to no audience, and some have played in-person to limited audiences. Conductors and musicians alike perform in masks – all except the woodwinds and brass obviously.
In Los Angeles, the Philharmonic produced a program called “Love in the Time of COVID.” In Houston, the Symphony will sell tickets for its next live-streamed show which will be available for concert “goers” for 24 hours.
You know how the symphony continued to play as the Titanic sank? This comes to mind as symphonies the world over embrace that spirit and keep the music going while the world spins in utter confusion. Or maybe that’s just how it feels to us.