Colorado Symphony welcomes audiences back after 16 months of playing in empty concert hall


DENVER – After more than 16 months without an audience inside the Boettcher Concert Hall, the Colorado Symphony is once again welcoming spectators and listeners.

The Colorado Symphony will perform its first show with a live audience on Sunday.

Although it must have performed without applause and cheers for over a year, the orchestra had the opportunity to perform in outdoor, masked and socially distanced venues.

“We operated in the building. Performing on stage without an audience with social distancing for the orchestra is difficult. It’s not an intuitive way to operate,” said Anthony Pierce, artistic director of the Colorado Symphony.

Pierce told Denver7 that the Colorado Symphony had paid attention to how sporting events greeted guests after the pandemic, ultimately deciding it was time for the symphony to do the same.

“It’s putting health and safety first is really what got us here,” said Pierce.

Colorado Symphony resident conductor Christopher Dragon told Denver7 that not having that audience live was also tough on the orchestra.

“I think it has been a difficult time for everyone, but especially for artists and musicians, because we are here to make music for people,” he said. “It’s a little strange playing in an empty room.”

If you visit the Colorado Symphony, you will always see hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipes on the counters. The ticket will be digitally scanned and those who are not vaccinated are encouraged to wear a mask.

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