R.I. Philharmonic to further decrease its audience size for upcoming shows

THE RHODE ISLAND PHILHARMONIC Orchestra will reduce its audience size to no more than 100 people for the next seven live shows at The Vets. / COURTESY R.I. DIVISION OF TOURISM
THE RHODE ISLAND PHILHARMONIC Orchestra will reduce its audience size to no more than 100 people for its next seven live shows at The Vets. / COURTESY R.I. DIVISION OF TOURISM

PROVIDENCE – The Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra announced Friday that its limited-sized in-person audience attending Saturday’s performances will be smaller in response to the rising number of COVID-19 cases in the state.

The orchestra will reduce its live-audience capacity for the first seven dates of its new season, including Saturday’s two “Beethoven at 250” performances, from 250 people down to 100. The orchestra previously announced in September that it planned to have limited audience members for live shows.

The orchestra said the reduced audience size, done voluntarily, represents 5% of available seating at The Vets, and that various safety measures, including mask-wearing, will remain in place.

Performances will also continue to be livestreamed for subscribers, the orchestra said.

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