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Sioux City Symphony Orchestra Opens Up Performances for the First Time in the Era of COVID-19

Sioux City Symphony Orchestra

A big milestone this weekend for the performing arts in Sioux City. Siouxland Public Media’s Sheila Brummer explains the change bringing joy to one local organization after a year away from an audience of classical music fans.

The performance starts Saturday night at 7:30 and can be watched through a livestream at the website scso.live.

INTERVIEW: Sioux City Symphony Orchestra Music Director and Conductor Ryan Haskins

This Saturday marks the first time the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra takes the stage before a live audience in more than a year due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. 

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Conductor Ryan Haskins

“This concert will feature strings only of the symphony. We’re going to be under 30 members. It will still be a great size. But it helps us look at other repertoire  we normally wouldn’t be presenting.”

That’s Music Director and Conductor Ryan Haskins talking about the Symphonic Strings program planned for the Orpheum Theatre. In order to follow safety protocols, mask are mandatory, with seating limited to a few hundred season ticket holders.

“It’s hard to describe what that feels like when you have that connection to the audience if it’s one person or 2,400. That is what we are most looking forward as artists to share in that format again, so we are excited.”

This season the symphony turned to video performance and live streaming with this virtual option available once again.

“How often do you get to see the fingers on the harp or the horse hairs of a bow pulled across the string, even in the. The products we have on SCSO live give a whole new experience."

For more information about Saturday’s show check out the website siouxcitysymphony.org. or scso.live. There are two more programs on this way this season for the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra. Saturday night’s performance starts at 7:30 at the Orpheum

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