Our Reopening Plan

We’ve spent the past few months working, amid continuing uncertainty, to plan the orchestra’s safe return to the stage. Recognizing that conditions will continue to change, we’ve created a season that will enable you, our valued customers, to enjoy the thrill of live music safely. We’ll begin in September with a plan that allows for social distancing both onstage and in the concert hall – if still required at that time.

Concerts will run as slightly shorter events, without an intermission. But as the season progresses, our capacity will increase, and we look forward to welcoming full-capacity audiences back to the hall by January 2022.

Our plan to keep our musicians safe onstage means that you’ll have a rare and unique opportunity to experience smaller ensembles in the fall, but you’ll still get to hear the same amazing Nashville Symphony you’ve always known and loved. We'll take a musical journey together, starting with wonderfully intimate performances and building to a big and thrilling finish!

And rest assured that we’ll increase seating capacity as soon as we are able. Whatever the circumstances, you can count on enjoying great music safely at the Schermerhorn.

While we look forward with great anticipation to the 2021/22 season, we are working to schedule a few concerts this summer, prior to the start of the season. Nashville Symphony Governing Members and donors will receive an invitation to a special concert engagement with Giancarlo Guerrero, and we hope to announce several other events soon. 

Reopening Timeline
Here is our current plan for seating capacity in the 2021/22 season; please note that this plan may be subject to change:

  • Classical Series opens in September with 500-capacity concerts
  • Pops Series opens in December with 900-capacity concerts
  • Movie and Matinee Series opens in December with 900-capacity concerts
  • Jazz and Family Series will all begin after January 1 with full-capacity concerts
  • All concerts will return to full capacity beginning January 1

During the fall, while we are operating under reduced capacity, we will be following strict seating guidelines to ensure six-foot distancing between each group of attendees. As a result, your seat location(s) may be different for the first few months of the season. We are working diligently to place everyone as close as we can to their original seat location(s).

As soon as conditions allow us to return to full capacity, we will return everyone to their original seat location(s). During this relatively brief transitional period of reduced capacity, we will not be able to reseat patrons, due to extremely limited seat inventory. We appreciate your patience as we work together during what we sincerely hope to be the waning days of the pandemic.

Seating Plan
In order to prioritize season ticket holders and make sure all groups are distanced appropriately, our limited capacity concerts will be sold as general-admission concerts, with seating assignments to be made by our ticketing staff after your purchase. You will still be able to select your seating section (Orchestra Level, Founders Circle, Balcony, Boxes, etc.) at the time of purchase, and your specific seat locations and tickets will be made available to you 48 hours prior to each concert.

Safety Plan
To ensure the safety of our audiences, musicians and staff, we've partnered with HCA Healthcare/TriStar Health, who are helping us set the standard for the safest possible environment at Schermerhorn Symphony Center. Our current safety plan stands on the pillars of pre-entry symptom screening, wearing masks, social distancing, touchless digital ticketing and widespread availability of hand sanitizer. We highly recommend but do not require eligible attendees to be vaccinated. Proof of negative test results for COVID-19 will not be required, but each attendee will need to pass a symptom screening before entry to the venue is permitted.

You can find more details and our entire safety plan at NashvilleSymphony.org/safety.

Pre- & Post-Concert Activities
Until we have assurance that we can gather our patrons together safely, Classical Conversations, Founders Hall and other pre- and post-concert events will be suspended. We will notify ticket holders as soon as we are able to resume these activities. In the meantime, we’ll be posting virtual lectures to our social media accounts and sharing program notes prior to concerts. If you’re a donor, click here to learn about what virtual donor benefits are available to you until we resume in-person donor benefits. 

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