March 24 update: postponements and cancellations at orchestras, conservatories, and concert halls, plus newly added livestreams and videos, due to coronavirus outbreak

Posted on: March 24, 2020

From the time that COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) first impacted the performing arts several weeks ago, The Hub has been tracking postponements and cancellations by U.S. and international orchestras, performing arts centers, and conservatories.

The League of American Orchestras is posting information about coping with the pandemic as a service to the orchestra field. Find resources, guidance, and updates on the League’s coronavirus preparedness site.

To help limit the spread of the virus, the following arts organizations have recently announced postponements, cancellations, and other shifts in concerts and related activities. Several orchestras are now posting videos, recordings, and livestreams online free of charge, and some conservatories have moved to online learning. Please note that these organizations are revising their plans as the situation evolves; refer to their individual websites and social media pages for the most up-to-date information. (This list is not complete, and we will continue to post announcements as they arrive.)

The Billings Symphony Orchestra and Chorale (Montana) has canceled or postponed all concerts and events through May 2, the end of the current season. The orchestra has announced the postponement of musician auditions for the 2020-21 season, originally scheduled for April 19, with a new date to be announced.

The Brazos Valley Symphony Orchestra (College Station, Texas) has cancelled or postponed all concerts and events through May 2, including two annual fundraising events.

Bridgehampton Chamber Music (New York) has postponed concerts scheduled for March 21 and April 18 to Fall, 2020.

The Central Ohio Symphony (Delaware, Ohio) has postponed its April 25 concert to a later date to be announced due to the closure of its venue, Gray Chapel at Ohio Wesleyan University. The orchestra states that it is posting music videos on social media by its musicians, conductor, and composers.

The Eugene Symphony (Oregon) has postponed and rescheduled concerts for the next several months. Other events, including a masterclass, Symphony Yoga, and composer Matt Browne’s residency activities, have been rescheduled to new dates later in the season.

The Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra (Indiana) has postponed its April concerts. These include an April 4 and 5 pops concert and Music Director Alfred Savia’s farewell concert on April 25. New dates will be announced.

The Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra (Colorado) cancelled concerts on March 20 and April 4 and 5. The orchestra has cancelled its annual gala on March 28 but will move the event’s silent online as part of a virtual “UnGala.”

The Lancaster Symphony Orchestra (Pennsylvania) has cancelled its performance on May 16 at the Winter Center, Millersville University, in response to recent Centers for Disease Control guidance regarding gatherings of groups of ten or more people.

The Mankato Symphony Orchestra (Minnesota) has announced the cancellation of concerts and events for the 2019-20 season.

The Quad City Symphony Orchestra (Davenport, Iowa) has postponed all concerts through April 5, and will announce new dates. Rehearsals by the Quad City Symphony Youth Ensembles have been suspended through April 13, and Youth Ensemble concerts on April 19 and 26 have been cancelled. Private lessons offered by the Quad City Symphony will move online through the end of March.