DSSO Announces Fall 2020 Recomposed!

For immediate release
Sept 10, 2020

DULUTH, Minnesota – The Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra is announcing plans for the beginning of our 20-21 Season. As Minnesota Governor Tim Walz has been providing guidance for the phased reopening of large venues, we have been working closely with the Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center (DECC) and our Musicians to plan out all possibilities for the season.

We are thrilled to announce that the DSSO will take the stage for our Fall 2020 Recomposed! The fall portion of our 20-21 Season has been modified for social distancing and state requirements for public gatherings. At this time, the DSSO is currently evaluating plans for the remainder of our 20-21 Season, and we will announce those programming adjustments at a later date. The following are the concerts and repertoire for Fall 2020 Recomposed:

Sat. Oct 17, 2020 at 7 pm – Strings Attached
Montgomery: Strum
Piazzolla: Four Season of Buenos Aires ft. Concertmaster Erin Aldridge
Barber: Adagio
Tchaikovsky: Serenade for Strings

Sat. Nov 7, 2020 at 7 pm – Afternoon Dances
Debussy: Afternoon of a Faun
Haydn: Cello Concerto No. 1 ft. Betsy Husby, cello
Part: Fratres
Stravinsky: Danses concertantes

Sat. Dec 5, 2020 at 7 pm – Bentleyville Holiday Spectacular
Programming TBA

The DSSO and the DECC are eager to be able to bring live entertainment back to the Twin Ports. These performances in Symphony Hall will have a limited audience of 200, but the DSSO has partnered with WDSE-WRPT to give audiences the opportunity to get a front row seat to the DSSO from the comfort of their own homes by livestreaming the concerts online (please note DSSO concerts will not be broadcast on PBS North.) Access to a DSSO performance will be $10 for an individual concert or a three-concert subscription for $25. Also offered is an Opening Night Package for $50, which includes digital access to all three concerts, plus a specially curated gift package of goodies from local businesses around the Twin Ports. Learn more and buy access through DSSO Live >>

“I am so looking forward to being on stage again with my fellow musicians,” says Music Director Dirk Meyer. “This has been, and still is, an extremely difficult time for all of us. But I hope that being able to enjoy live orchestral music again, will bring joy and beauty back to our lives. Be it in person, with all safety precautions taken, or from the comfort of your own home, I am sure our audiences will enjoy our Fall 2020 Recomposed.”

Season subscribers that have already confirmed and paid for their seats will be admitted into the hall on a first come basis with reservations through the DSSO Box Office, but will also have full access to the concert livestream. Our subscriber’s seats will be guaranteed until when we can safely return to full capacity at the hall.

“We are excited to be able to come back to the stage and provide music for our community,” says Executive Director Brandon VanWaeyenberghe. “Our first concert will be nearly nine months after we last took the stage, before we had to cancel our season due to the pandemic. We know that our patrons have been missing performances and our musicians have been eager to get back on stage. Our Fall Season is planned with the health and safety of our performers and audience members in mind.”

The stage will look a little different for viewers as we socially distance musicians and have safety protocols in place from masks to plexiglass guards for those that are unable to adorn a mask while playing. The first concert, Strings Attached, will feature 25 string players on stage with Concertmaster Erin Aldridge featured as our soloist for the evening. For our second concert we welcome Betsy Husby, principal cellist, as soloist and we feature a full chamber orchestra with a maximum of 24 players on stage for any given piece.

“The DECC is excited to partner with the DSSO on their fall season.  We have engaged with Brandon and his staff to ensure an in-person event that is both safe and enjoyable, and our proud to be partners in Minnesota’s first live performances,” expresses DECC Interim Executive Director Roger Reinert. “The Symphony needs to perform, the DECC needs to hold events, and the community needs the arts – especially during times of challenge and crisis.”

The DECC will be handling safety procedures for audience members at each concert. These procedures will include making sure all guests are wearing a mask upon entering the DECC and for the duration of the concerts. Masks will not be provided, guests are required to bring their own. Hand sanitizer will be available for use throughout the DECC. As guests arrive to Symphony Hall, DECC staff will take temperatures and confirm the absence of COVID-19 symptoms for every audience member. Patrons who do not wish to comply with safety protocols will not be admitted into Symphony Hall.

For more information on the season and ticket information, please visit DSSO.com or contact the DSSO Box Office at 218-623-3776 or [email protected].

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FALL 2020 RECOMPOSED CONCERT

Sat. Oct 17, 2020 at 7 pm – Strings Attached
Montgomery: Strum
Piazzolla: Four Seasons of Buenos Aires ft. Concertmaster Erin Aldridge
Barber: Adagio
Tchaikovsky: Serenade for Strings

Sat. Nov 7, 2020 at 7 pm – Afternoon Dances
Debussy: Afternoon of a Faun
Haydn: Cello Concerto No. 1 ft. Betsy Husby, cello
Part: Fratres
Stravinsky: Danses concertantes

Sat. Dec 5, 2020 at 7 pm – Bentleyville Holiday Spectacular
Programming TBA

CHANGES TO THE STAGE

  • Typically, the full Orchestra would equate to 75+ musicians on stage. The Recomposed concerts will feature no more than 24-25 musicians on stage.
  • All musicians will be socially distanced at least 6 feet apart from each other and will wear masks if their instrument allows it.

CHANGES TO THE HALL

  • The hall will be reduced from a capacity of over 2,200 to 200.
  • All audience members will be socially distanced and seated by household.
  • Masks are required for entry into the DECC and must be worn for the duration of the concert. Masks will not be provided.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available throughout the DECC.
  • All guests in Symphony Hall will be required to have their temperatures taken and recorded, as well as provide answers to a simple COVID-19 questionnaire.

TICKETING INFORMATION

  • At this time, single tickets within Symphony Hall will NOT be available for the first three concerts – we will be reassessing as we near the dates for 2021.
  • In lieu of single tickets, concerts will be livestreamed online and available to access on an individual concert basis or a subscription for all three. Learn more and buy access through DSSO Live >>
    • Individual concerts: $10
    • All 3 concerts: $25
    • Opening Night Twin Ports Package: $50, includes all 3 concerts and a gift set featuring goodies from local businesses.

CURRENT SUBSCRIBERS

  • If you have reserved your tickets and paid for them in full, you are eligible to attend concerts in-person. Reservations for the first concert begin on Sept 14 and will end on Oct 12 – this window will give our box office time to seat everyone accordingly before the concert night. Seats will NOT be in your reserved seats, but will be as close as we can get to them. Please note, that your seats will be reserved for future concerts at full capacity. All paid subscribers will automatically have access to the digital livestream – please make sure that you have an email on your DSSO account.
  • If you have reserved your tickets, but have not paid, you do not automatically have access to the digital livestream, you must buy digital access either on a concert by concert basis or the full three concert subscription.
  • If you have not reserved or paid, please give the DSSO Box Office a call 218-623-3776 and let us know you’re interested in keeping your seats for the seasons to come, we will make sure that you still have access to them.
  • If you have paid and want to discuss options for a refund of your subscription for the 20-21 Season, please contact the DSSO Box Office 218-623-3776, if the lines are full and you reach the menu, please press option 1 and leave us a message, we will get back to callers in the order they are received.

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