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Utah Symphony Brings Back Live Performances

The Utah Symphony was scheduled to resume concerts for live audiences on March 25 with the re-opening of its home venue, Abravanel Hall. Social distancing, face coverings, and other health and safety guidelines were laid out in re-opening plans. Altogether, the Utah Symphony has six programs planned through the end of May.

Abravenel Hall had first re-opened in September for small-scale performances by Utah Symphony string and percussion players—those who could play their instruments while wearing masks. Wind and brass ensembles also performed in October and November, before the hall closed again in late November following the nationwide surge in COVID-19 cases.

Utah Symphony musicians are members of Local 104 (Salt Lake City, UT).

Utah Symphony Ratifies Modified One-Year Waiver

On August 16, the musicians of the Utah Symphony—members of Local 104 (Salt Lake City, UT)—ratified a COVID-19 Waiver Agreement modification to their four-year agreement that runs through August 31, 2022; the waiver agreement runs from August 31, 2020 through May 29, 2021.

Utah musicians have been furloughed since the end of May and will now return to work on August 30, 2020. Musicians agreed to a 23% reduction in base salary for the 2020-2021 winter season, along with various changes to working conditions. Crucially, the symphony agreed not to invoke force majeure or to furlough the musicians for the period of the waiver agreement, and further agreed to allow musicians at increased risk for severe COVID-19 illness to opt out of live performances.