Here's another partial step as we tiptoe back to something resembling near-normal: Small ensembles from the Detroit Symphony Orchestra perform outside next month at four city sites on four evenings and three afternoons.
The classical music organization, off-stage since March (except for mini-events at Facebook Live and the orchestra's website), on Monday afternoon announced "Summer Sessions: DSO Outdoors – a series of free, outdoor, socially distant performances."
They're BYOB -- Bring Your Own Blanket (or chair) -- and masks are mandatory, as is spaced-out seating.
Here's the three-week schedule:
Wednesday, Aug. 5 at 7 p.m.: Sosnick Courtyard (51 Parsons St., near the Fisher Music Center)
Sunday, Aug. 9 at noon: Robert C. Valade Park (2670 Atwater St.)
Wednesday, Aug. 12 at 7 p.m.: Sosnick Courtyard
Sunday, Aug. 16 at noon: Dequindre Cut Freight Yard (Dequindre Cut, south of Wilkins Street)
Wednesday, Aug. 19 at 7 p.m.: Sosnick Courtyard
Sunday, Aug. 23 at noon: Gabriel Richard Park, 7130 E. Jefferson Ave.)
Wednesday, Aug. 26 at 7 p.m.: Sosnick Courtyard
No-cost reservations are required for the four Sosnick performances, and registration is encouraged for the other venues.
No-seats VIP access ($100 for two people, $200 for four) is available for the four courtyard events near the orchestra's home, with attendance capped at about 75 people and temperatures checked at the entrance. The other gatherings are limited to 100 people to comply with a state order.
As of now, the DSO plans to start its 2020-21 season at Orchestra Hall on Sept. 24 with principal cellist Wei Yu playing Dvořák’s Cello Concerto, as well as works by Stravinsky and Mendelssohn.
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