St. Louis Symphony cancels two sold-out “Harry Potter” performances, due to protests over verdict in killing of Anthony Lamar Smith

Posted on: September 18, 2017

In Friday’s (9/15) St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Sarah Bryan Miller reports, “Because of today’s protest events in St. Louis, the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra has cancelled tonight’s 7 p.m. performance of ‘Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets—in Concert.’ The much-anticipated first concerts of the season at Powell Symphony Hall have been sold out for weeks. However, said SLSO vice president of external affairs and strategic initiatives Adam Crane, ‘The safety of our patrons, orchestra and staff is our primary concern. We appreciate your patience and understanding at this time, and we thank you for your support of the SLSO.’ ” Friday’s and Saturday’s performances were cancelled. Sunday’s concert went on as planned. The SLSO’s Patron Services team will contact ticketholders for the Friday and Saturday concerts. Other cancelled events in St. Louis over the weekend included Shakespeare in the Streets’ performance in front of the St. Louis Public Library; the St. Louis Walk to End Alzheimer’s; a concert by the rock band U2; and a sold-out concert by singer Ed Sheeran. The cancellations followed Friday’s not-guilty verdict of former police officer Jason Stockley in the 2011 fatal shooting of Anthony Lamar Smith. ABC News reported that 32 people were arrested in the protests.

Posted September 18, 2017

Pictured: Powell Hall, performance home of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra