Kansas City Symphony prepares to return to the Helzberg Hall stage in January 2021
November 19, 2020
Dear Symphony Subscribers,
We have exciting news! The Kansas City Symphony is preparing to return to Helzberg Hall at the Kauffman Center this January to kick off our long-awaited 2020/21 season. Over the next couple of weeks we will be sharing with you our plans for January – March, and later this winter we will share our plans for April – June.
For your 2020/21 subscription, we are launching a new digital concert experience – MySymphonySeat.org. This website will feature weekly livestreamed programs, including performances from Helzberg Hall and live chats with Michael Stern and Symphony musicians, plus backstage interviews and more. We will be performing ten (10) Classical and two (2) Pops programs January – March, with more to come April – June. Many of these performances will also be available to limited in-person audiences between late January and March, in accordance with all official safety guidelines in place at the time. We are currently finalizing our concert programs for performances January through March, under the batons of Music Director Michael Stern, David T. Beals III Associate Conductor Jason Seber, and nationally renowned pops conductor Jack Everly. During this time, the Kansas City Symphony will come together for six (6) weeks to perform and record orchestral music for you. In support of physical distancing for our musicians, we will be performing as a smaller orchestra, providing opportunities to perform repertoire from the masters and their contemporaries, along with carefully curated newer compositions.
Safety is Our #1 Priority
We have engaged experts from The University of Kansas Health System to provide ongoing assessments and make recommendations based on pandemic conditions. Following this guidance for in-person concerts late January through March, we are taking the following precautions:
• Performance dates and times will be different from normal. This is to support more performances per week, which helps in physical distancing.
• Helzberg Hall will be limited to approximately 20% capacity, so that physical distancing of our patrons is achieved. Due to highly restricted seating capacity, if there is more audience demand than supply, a lottery system may be employed. As a result, your regular season seats may not be available for these restricted concerts; however, we will do our best to seat you as close as possible to your subscribed section.
• Everyone entering the building will be required to wear a mask at all times during the performance and while inside the Kauffman Center. No exceptions will be made.
• Performances will be approximately one hour and presented without intermission. Food and beverage service, valet service, gift shops, drinking fountains and coat check will not be available.
• Further protections include temperature checks upon entry; extensive cleaning before, during and after concerts; and capacity limits on elevators.
Additional measures may be taken in accordance with public safety standards.
Attend concerts in Helzberg Hall from where ever you may be
We know that even with these extensive precautions, you may prefer to enjoy the Symphony experience from home during these times. We understand, and we are ready to serve you. As a new benefit exclusively for Symphony subscribers, in January we will launch MySymphonySeat.org. Here is what you can look forward to on this new subscriber-only website:
• Attend concerts in Helzberg Hall from where ever you may be.
• Access backstage interviews.
• Connect to artists with engaging discussions about music.
• Participate in live chats with Music Director Michael Stern and our musicians.
• Watch past performances at your convenience.
We look forward to sharing music with you in whichever way you are most comfortable.
We are doing everything possible to deliver the very best musical experiences to our 2020/21 subscribers. In early December, we will announce our programs and performance schedule for concerts January through March. Later this winter, we will announce programs and dates for April through June.
I thank you for your loyalty and commitment as we navigate these trying times together. Your concert subscription helps sustain your Symphony, and makes possible the innovative ways that we will bring music to you over the coming months. We do see the light at the end of the tunnel — this spring holds great promise with the recent vaccine news — and in the
meantime we will deliver a range of orchestral and ensemble offerings to our subscribers. Despite the challenging conditions we’ve all been facing this year, I am optimistic for a return to normalcy in the 2021/22 season. Rest assured, with your 2020/21 subscription, your regularly subscribed seats will be waiting for you to renew this
spring for an exciting new season.
Of course, we recognize that the decisions you make now may not be the decisions you make later. We will be flexible, and should your interest change, we would be happy to change your preferences at any time.
Thank you for your patience and your support of the Kansas City Symphony. It means the world to us.
Danny Beckley, Executive Director
Kansas City Symphony