Toronto Symphony cancels remainder of 2019-20 season; some programs move to 2020-21

Posted on: April 17, 2020

“The Toronto Symphony Orchestra has cancelled the rest of its 2019-2020 season as a result of the COVID-19 lockdown, with some programs being postponed to the 2020/21 season,” writes Garnet Fraser in Tuesday’s (4/14) Toronto Star (Canada). “The move wasn’t unexpected—the city has cancelled all permits for large civic events until June 30, three days after the scheduled end of the concert season, suggesting that the prohibition on gatherings might well last that long. ‘The cancellation of a third of our season is devastating in so many ways,’ said TSO CEO Matthew Loden. ‘As distressing as the loss of our season is, we remain humbled by all those who continue to serve our community through essential services such as supporting front-line health-care workers, food banks and isolated seniors. In our own way, we will continue to try and serve our community through the elevating power of music—virtually.’ TSO musicians have been collaborating at a distance online and sharing the results with listeners in recent weeks. Most recently the brass section and soprano Measha Brueggergosman performed ‘I’ll Be Seeing You’ and dedicated the result on YouTube to isolated seniors.”