Fully vaccinated guests can now attend KSO performances, symphony says

KSO is back for fully vaxed

The Kamloops Symphony is welcoming fully vaccinated audiences back to the theatre for the first time since March 2020.

After nearly an entire season of virtual shows, KSO announced its first two concerts of the 2021-2022 season.

Out of the Silence will be taking place on Sept. 25 and Sept. 26, and Windscapes will be performed on Oct. 23 and Oct. 24 at the Sagebrush Theatre.

In order to increase audience capacity to 50 per cent, guests must prove they are fully vaccinated to enter.

“Everybody that is attending has to display full vaccination instead of just a single dose,” said Ryan Noakes, marketing coordinator for the Kamloops Symphony.

“Under the new provincial guidelines, everybody is required to show proof of full vaccinations to increase the capacity to 250.”

Those who aren’t yet fully vaccinated can still watch the show from home, as Noakes said both concerts will have options for in-person and live-streamed viewing.

Out of the Silence features 23-year-old pianist Jaeden Izik-Dzurko from Salmon Arm and KSO's principal trumpet Mark D’Angelo performing the moody and mischievous Concerto for Piano and Trumpet by Dmitri Shostakovich.

Windscapes features KSO’s wind instrumentalists playing unique symphonic pieces almost completely devoid of the string instruments that often make up a large part of the orchestra.

Noakes said along with the vaccine requirement, COVID-19 health and safety protocols will be in effect for all concerts this season, and seating will be staggered to ensure social distancing.

“There's nobody directly in front of behind or beside you. And of course, masks are required at all times,” he said, adding that the first few rows between the audience and the stage would be blocked off to ensure adequate spacing between the musicians and guests.

In-person tickets are $40 and online viewing tickets are $15.

Those who purchase in-person tickets will also receive a link to rewatch the show online.

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