May 20, 2020

By Andy Johnson

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We got a glimpse this week into what concerts might look like as Germany began a cautious restart to live performance.

The musicians said it felt more like an art installation than a concert.  Never the less, more than 200 people came out of lockdown in Wiesbaden, Germany, for an evening of Schubert and Mahler.

The concert was at the State Theatre of Hesse which normally seats 1,000 people. But social distancing meant that three out of every four seats were empty.  Concert-goers were required to wear face masks to the theater, although they were allowed to remove the masks once seated.

Tickets came without seat assignments, members of a household could sit together and the theater recorded everyone’s name and address so they could be contacted later in case someone turned out to be infected.

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