Burlington Sound of Music Festival returns with a twist

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The Burlington Sound of Music Festival is returning in 2021, but organizers say things will look a little different this year.

Normally, the festival takes place over ten days in June at Spencer Smith Park.

This year, organizers are spreading things out over several months.

“Regrettably, the world simply isn’t in a place where we can safely have 250,000 people in a park,” says SOM executive director Myles D. Rusak.

“We’re choosing to focus on what we know we can deliver instead of dwelling on what we cannot.”

Events will be held from March through August in various venues across the city in what’s being called the “Return to Live Series.”

There will be free offerings as well as paid performances.

“The reality is that our lost revenue from 2020 is well over $1 million,” says Rusak.

“While we want to stay true to our roots of offering high quality free programming to concert goers, we also need to include ticketed shows to remain sustainable and plan for growth in 2022 and beyond.”

Organizers say all the performances will have a stream-to-home component.

The 2020 festival was cancelled because of COVID-19. Organizers put on a series of virtual concerts and events instead.