The initial dust is settling. If there was any doubt before, we know that things will never be the same for many parts of life post-pandemic, especially for the performing arts. We must deal with new legalities of large gatherings, new customs, and the changing public perception of safety. We must understand each of these and then respond to them directly.
One thing hasn’t changed: we must communicate with our audience and with our musicians. We must listen to their concerns and hopes, and we must respond to them in addition to the communication about the music. Above all, we must be open to what we hear.