Cincinnati Symphony cancels remainder of 2019-20 season through May 31, following closures during coronavirus

Posted on: March 26, 2020

“Theaters, musicians, comedians and others have been vastly affected by the orders of Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and other leaders banning large gatherings, closing non-essential businesses and telling people to stay at home/shelter in place,” writes Seth Robinson in Tuesday’s (3/24) CityBeat (Cincinnati). “The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra is among the countless number of artistic groups who have had to postpone their shows to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. After originally postponing all of their concerts—as well as Cincinnati Pops and May Festival concerts—until April 5, the CSO recently announced they will extend the cancellation of events through the end of their season on May 31, 2020…. The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra [said] that canceling the rest of their season was the smartest and safest thing to do for their attendees and musicians. ‘As more time elapses, our ability to quickly get back to the business of concert production diminishes. Our choruses cannot rehearse, audiences are understandably wary of buying tickets, and our international and national guest artists cannot travel to Cincinnati,’ CSO President Jonathan Martin said.… ‘We are deeply disappointed to lose the rest of our season, but we have no choice.’ “