April 14 update: postponements and cancellations at orchestras, conservatories, and concert halls

Posted on: April 14, 2020

From the time that COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) first impacted the performing arts, 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 resources and information about coping with the pandemic as a service to the orchestra field. These resources include information about the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security package; discussion groups and one-on-one consultations for League members; guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and other authorities; and more. Find regularly updated resources, guidance, and information on the League’s coronavirus preparedness site.

To help reduce the spread of the virus, orchestras and other music organizations are obeying government bans on large gatherings, adhering to shelter-in-place orders, and complying with guidance from health authorities. The following organizations have recently announced postponements, cancellations, and other shifts in concerts and related activities. Several orchestras are posting videos, recordings, and concert streams online free of charge, and many 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 Buffalo Philharmonic (New York) has extended the suspension of concerts through May 16. The orchestra had previously suspended all performances through April 26. The orchestra hopes to reschedule concerts, including its Beethoven Festival, slated for May 1, 2, 9, and 10, to future dates.

The Hartford Symphony Orchestra (Connecticut) has announced cancellations and postponements through May 16. A May 3 concert at the Wadsworth Atheneum ​Museum of Art will be rescheduled; performances on May 8-10 at The Bushnell have been cancelled; and the May 16 concert has been rescheduled to October 30.

The Nashville Symphony (Tennessee) has cancelled all remaining classical, pops, and family concerts of the current season, which was to have run through May 30. The orchestra previously cancelled concerts through May 12.

The Muncie Symphony Orchestra (Indiana) postponed all concerts and events between March 29 and April 19, with new dates to be announced. Concerts at the Charles W. Brown Planetarium originally slated for earlier this spring have been rescheduled to May 30.

The Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra (Munster, Indiana) has rescheduled its May 15 and 16 concerts to June 25 and 26. The orchestra ​previously cancelled its April 3 concert.

The Redlands Symphony Orchestra (California) has cancelled its May 2 concert, which was to have been the final performance of its 70th-anniversary season. The orchestra hopes to reschedule its postponed March 21 concert for a future date.

The South Bend Symphony (Indiana) has cancelled all concerts through the end of its season on May 2. An outdoor concert on August 29 remains as scheduled.

The Terre Haute Symphony Orchestra (Indiana) has announced two cancellations and a postponement. The April 4 concert has been rescheduled to August 29. The April 9 children’s concert has been cancelled, as has a classical concert on May 2.