The ensemble has furloughed administration, artistic affairs and production staff, and musicians

Schermerhorn Symphony Center

Schermerhorn Symphony Center - the orchestra’s usual home

In response to the continuing economic effects of the Coronavirus pandemic, the Nashville Symphony, based in Tennessee, United States, has announced the furlough of 131 administration, artistic affairs and production staff and musicians.

The ensemble has been forced to cancel or postpone more than 50 performances due to the COVID-19 virus, with an estimated loss of around $8 million in ticket revenue.

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Symphony Board Chair Mary Peacock said: ’We anticipate that any potential layoffs and furloughs of Symphony musicians and staff would be temporary …If forced to take these extraordinary measures, we would be doing so to ensure that the Nashville Symphony is able to continue serving our community for generations to come.’

See below for a remote performance from the Nashville Symphony musicians in the 5th movement of Beethoven’s Symphony No.6.