Sarasota Orchestra changes weekend program due to COVID exposures

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Christopher Confessore leads Sarasota Orchestra Great Escapes concerts.
Christopher Confessore leads Sarasota Orchestra Great Escapes concerts.

A week after canceling its Masterworks concerts due to COVID exposures among the musicians, the Sarasota Orchestra on Friday announced it was altering a weekend series of Great Escapes concerts to continued exposures.

In a statement, the orchestra said the weekend performances Friday through Sunday would switch from the original format of “Comedy Tonight” to “Cinematic Strings,” featuring an all-string orchestra. String players are able to perform while wearing face masks. Christopher Confessore is the guest conductor for the weekend.

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Friday’s concert was changed to an “open rehearsal” format as the musicians work on the music for the first time. The Saturday and Sunday performances will run about 60 minutes without intermission.

The orchestra was able to present the “Comedy Tonight” program for the first two nights of the series on Wednesday and Thursday.

Last weekend, the orchestra was forced to cancel three Masterworks concerts because of COVID exposures.

Patrons have the option of attending the concert, exchanging tickets for a future performance, receiving an account credit or full refund, or donating their tickets.

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