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Idaho Falls Symphony to hold online season, no live performances

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IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) - The Idaho Falls Symphony has adopted a list of safety precautions due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Among the policies being implemented, which have been posted to the organization’s website, there will be no Symphony events with live audiences for the rest of 2020.

Ensembles will be limited to 10-15 physically-distanced musicians instead of the regular 60-65 member orchestra, with face masks required for everyone involved, and the Symphony will be producing video recordings and releasing them as part of an online season.

“These are challenging times, and definitely not how I had imagined my tenth season in Idaho Falls," music director Thomas Heuser said. "But we feel strongly that these precautions are necessary. I will look forward to the day when we can invite our beloved audiences back into the concert hall. That day will certainly come, but in the meantime, we are doing everything we can to ensure the safety of our musical community.”

In the absence of live audiences, the Symphony is preparing an online season with access to a host of digital content. Concerts of the smaller Symphony ensembles and chamber groups will be recorded and released during live broadcasts, which audiences can access with a subscription through the Symphony website. Plans for the online season also include Pre-Concert Talks by Heuser, interviews with composers and musicians and an array of educational videos.

“Without being able to bring live audiences to the Symphony, we are proudly going live online to bring the Symphony to our audience,” executive director Alekzandria Peugh said. “We have always looked for ways to reach new patrons, especially those who face barriers to attending live concerts, and now we have that opportunity. The online offerings won’t replace live music forever, but right now we are learning how to use the digital platform to expand the reach of our organization so the  community can still enjoy music by our beloved local musicians.”

The previously announced concert dates and repertoire have all been modified to meet the new guidelines.

Subscriptions to the online season are expected to become available starting in a few weeks.

While the office remains closed to the public at this time, questions and concerns can be sent directly to the Symphony at

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