San Francisco Chronicle

Symphony boosts audience capacity

- By Joshua Kosman Joshua Kosman is The San Francisco Chronicle’s music critic. Email: jkosman@sfchronicl­ Twitter: @JoshuaKosm­an

With the approval of a new health and safety plan, the San Francisco Symphony can increase audience capacity for its live concerts in Davies Symphony Hall this month through June, the orchestra announced Tuesday, May 4.

Beginning May 13, the Symphony can accommodat­e up to 35% of the hall’s capacity — or nearly 1,000 people per concert, as compared with the 200 capacity originally planned.

The Symphony will also make limited tickets for the opening programs on ThursdayFr­iday, May 67, available to donors and subscriber­s through the orchestra box office. Most of the tickets for those concerts, conducted by Music Director EsaPekka Salonen, are reserved for health profession­als, first responders and community leaders.

From May 13 forward, seating in Davies will be in two zones. One, with limited social distancing, will be reserved for patrons with proof of COVID19 vaccinatio­n. Seating in the loge and first and second tiers will be socially distanced and require proof of a negative coronaviru­s test. Masks will be required at all times.

The Symphony also announced new programmin­g details for the May and June concerts beyond the first three weeks that were previously announced. Among the composers represente­d are Somei Satoh, Jessie Montgomery, Carlos Simon, Florence Price, Bach, Dvorák and Tchaikovsk­y.

For the June 1718 program, Salonen and the orchestra are expected to be joined by violinist Augustin Hadelich as guest soloist, on a program featuring the U.S. premiere of Daniel Kidane’s “Be Still.”

 ??  ?? Santiago Mejia / The Chronicle 2019 EsaPekka Salonen and the S.F. Symphony.
Santiago Mejia / The Chronicle 2019 EsaPekka Salonen and the S.F. Symphony.

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