The New Bedford Symphony Orchestra performs at Kilburn Mill, a converted textile mill.

During the pandemic, the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra in Massachusetts has taken a flexible approach, presenting concerts however and wherever it is safe to do so, from outdoor events in city parks to performances in a design showroom in the city’s seaport district. One sign of the changing times: in March, the orchestra’s “Symphony on Tap” concerts returned to Kilburn Mill, an event space in a former textile mill overlooking Clark’s Cove, near downtown New Bedford. One-hour concerts in the series feature the full orchestra performing in a nightclub setting; doors open an hour before the concert for cocktails, craft beer, and food, and the space stays open an hour afterward for audience members to mingle with musicians and Music Director Yaniv Dinur. In March, attendees were required to provide proof of full vaccination or documentation of a negative COVID-19 test.