Excerpted from Democrat & Chronicle:
The Binghamton Philharmonic Orchestra planned to hold three concerts in churches in the fall, but were later told by the state that the church’s exemption to re-open did not apply to non-religious activities. But they learned from a local state COVID rep they could hold a social gathering with 50 or fewer people.
So, the Philharmonic dreamed up “Social gathering concerts,” which will be held at the Binghamton Doubletree inside a ballroom that seats over 1,000.
Two concerts have been announced so far, with the first scheduled for Oct. 10, as long as the local COVID-19 numbers allow it to happen. It was sold out in about two days, and will feature BPO’s principal cellist Hakan Tayga performing the works of Johann Sebastian Bach and György Ligeti.
Guests must wear masks, and all tickets are pre-sale only to help with contract tracing if needed. The concerts will be a 50-minute program with no intermission.