BSO Announces Furloughs; BTG Says Season Will Start August 1st | WAMC

BSO Announces Furloughs; BTG Says Season Will Start August 1st

Apr 17, 2020

While the Boston Symphony Orchestra is reporting furloughs in addition to schedule cancelations that have raised questions about a summer Tanglewood season, Berkshire Theatre Group says it’s planning an August 1st opening. 

On Friday, the BSO announced temporary furloughs of 70 full-time employees starting April 20, in addition to sweeping salary reductions. More than 400 part-time personnel have already been furloughed in connection with concert cancellations, including the Boston Pops’ summer season.

Elsewhere in the Berkshire County arts community, BTG Artistic Director and CEO Kate Maguire says it plans on carrying out a version of its summer season.

“I don’t know any more than anyone else how many of us will be able to gather together, but we are planning on presenting entertainment for our audiences," Maguire told WAMC. "It may look a little different than it has in the past.”

Maguire says the Pittsfield-based company is currently devising a plan to safely present “Godspell” and “They’re Playing Our Song” come August.