April 23 update: postponements and cancellations at orchestras, conservatories, and concert halls

Posted on: April 23, 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 and information on the League’s coronavirus preparedness site.

The following orchestras and music organizations have recently announced postponements, cancellations, and other shifts in concerts and related activities due to the global pandemic. Many orchestras, musicians, conservatories, and others are posting videos, recordings, and educational resources online free of charge; visit the League of American Orchestras’ new, regularly updated directory of digital programming at SymphonySpot.org. Note: orchestras and music festivals are revising their plans as the situation evolves; refer to 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 Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (Georgia) has announced the cancellation of the rest of its classical subscription season, which was to end on June 14. The orchestra had previously cancelled performances through May 11, including a planned appearance at Carnegie Hall in New York City. The orchestra will expand the offerings on its “ASO Virtual Stage” site.

The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (Maryland) has cancelled all performances and events at Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall and the Music Center at Strathmore through June 14. In addition, all member and development events through June 12 are cancelled. The orchestra had previously announced cancellations through May 24. The orchestra has launched BSO Offstage, an online platform featuring Baltimore Symphony content.

The Central Jersey Symphony Orchestra (​Neshanic Station, New Jersey) has cancelled the remainder of its 2019-20 season, which was to have concluded with a concert on June 6 in collaboration with Somerset Hills Chorus. The 2019-20 season ​marked the orchestra’s 50th anniversary.

The Chelsea Symphony (New York, New York) has cancelled its May 15-16 concerts at St. Paul’s Church and its June 26-27 concerts at the DiMenna Center for Classical Music.

The Des Moines Symphony (Iowa) has cancelled all concerts and public events at the Des Moines Civic Center and the Temple for the Performing Arts through June 14. Concerts originally scheduled for March 14 and 15 have been rescheduled to September 19 and 20. The orchestra had previously cancelled concerts through May 3.

The Georgia Symphony Orchestra (Marietta, Georgia) has postponed its May 9 performance of ​Brahms’s Requiem to next season. A new date will be announced.

The Greenwich Village Orchestra (New York, New York) has cancelled the ​remainder of its 2019-20 season. This includes a chamber concert on April 19 and a season finale on May 3.