FISHERS, Ind. (AP) — The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra is bringing back its popular Symphony on the Prairie performances, a year after the pandemic forced the cancellation of the long-running outdoor concert series.
Officials announced Monday that this year's Kroger Symphony on the Prairie season will begin June 25 with the symphony's rendition of songs by The Beatles performed for an audience on the grassy lawn at suburban Indianapolis’ Conner Prairie.
A series of other performances will be held throughout the summer at the venue in Fishers, just north of Indianapolis, with the last performances set for early September. Tickets go on sale May 24.
This year’s concerts will be different after last year's shows were canceled for the first time in the events' 40-year history due to the threat that the coronavirus posed to musicians, staff and patrons.
The symphony plans to sell only up to 4,000 tickets — or 50% of the venue's capacity — for the first concerts to help patrons maintain social distance. The dance floor in front of the performance stage will also be closed and there will be limits on table rentals and reserved seating.
People will also have to wear masks when entering the venue, on pathways, in restrooms, and when they wait in line for food and drinks.