Live Performances and Events - 9/28/2021
Covid-19 has put restrictions on our ability to schedule with the punctuality that is customary for live events. We understand that there are expectations to uphold when informing our musicians and audience of our plans, and are allocating resources to restore this communication.
Additionally, as we transition once more to an in-person audience for the 2022 Season, it is likely that the number of tickets sold will be reduced to allow for safe social distancing at the venue. We will use current recommendations and guidelines from Washington State, the Benton Franklin County Health Department, and those of our performance venue to develop and implement safety protocols for both rehearsals and performances.
In correspondence with many other arts groups both local and abroad, MCS will be requiring vaccines from its musicians staff, and patrons in order for them to attend in-person rehearsals and/or performances. This is in no way an exclusory measure. While it may not be a universally popular decision, we feel it is a duty toward the safety and well-being of our community that we make it. For all those affected, we acknowledge your circumstances and ask that you visit us again in milder times; our doors will always be open to those with a love for music. Vaccination locations may be found here, and for anyone looking to get tested, free and/or drive-thru testing locations are available.
Masks are currently not a legal requirement for musicians during a live indoor performance, given adequate spacing from the audience. There are mandates however, for masks to be worn by audience members. Please note that restrictions may change in the coming months.
Your support continues to drive us through one of the most difficult periods in the Symphony’s history. Even outside of personal donations, one of the most impactful actions you can take is contacting local officials about the proposed Performing Arts Center and lobbying for its election.
Such a facility would not only reduce our venue rental costs, extend our notification windows, and increase our planning timeframe, but those of many other arts groups within the Mid-Columbia region.
COVID-19 continues to change our world as we have known it. So many unknowns have thrown all of us off our routines and schedules that once gave us comfort and stability.
Board and staff with the Mid-Columbia Symphony continue to monitor health and safety guidelines from state and federal sources. We look forward to the time when we can gather for live performances and events again. Until then, we are focusing on rebuilding our organization and creating meaningful content that can be accessed virtually.
Your support means everything to us right now. We are only able to continue on because of you. If you are able to donate to our organization, please do so! If there is anything we can do for you, please let us know!
Our symphony office remains closed and our board and staff continue to work from home. We are monitoring email, postal mail, and voicemails regularly. Please feel free to contact us with any comments or questions! Take care!
Season Finale scheduled for May 16th 'Hope and Resolution' Concert Postponed and Mid-Columbia Youth Orchestra May 9th Concert Cancelled.
You have probably heard or assumed that we will not be playing music together physically for an undetermined time. Based on the guidelines and recommendations from local and national sources, this is true. The Board made the decision, with regard to the health and safety of you, our staff, and our patrons, to indefinitely postpone our 75th season finale of Brahms: Requiem, scheduled for May 16th. This is in addition to the previous postponement of “Salute to Youth” side-by-side with Mid-Columbia Youth Symphony and our Young Artist winners on March 21st, as well as the Mid-Columbia Youth Orchestra’s spring concert that was to be held on May 9th.
An email will be sent soon regarding ticket purchases for our postponed concerts. If you have any questions or comments, please contact our office by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (509)943-6602.
We are committed to rescheduling our last two concerts and will do so as soon as we are able to come together again safely and can find a suitable venue for both.
March 21st 'Salute To Youth' Concert Postponed
Based on recent guidance from local and national resources regarding COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus), and for the health and safety of our patrons, musicians, youth, and staff, the Mid-Columbia Symphony Board has made the difficult, but important, decision to postpone our ‘Salute to Youth’ concert that was planned for 3/21/2020; rescheduling to be determined at a later date.
The MCS Board and staff will be in regular communication and will provide any updates about our future performances and event schedule. It is more important than ever to follow all health recommendations and guidelines from local, state, federal, and world health organizations.
Due to the financial impact of the postponement of the Mid-Columbia Arts Fundraiser and to the postponement of this concert and other events within our community, we ask you to consider a financial donation to the Mid-Columbia Symphony and our partners in the arts community. We ask our patrons, whenever possible, to consider ticket exchanges or a donation in the amount of the ticket purchased.
Thanks to everyone for their patience and understanding during these uncertain times. Please take care and we look forward to seeing you soon.