Kansas City Symphony cancels remainder of 2019-20 season, due to stay-at-home orders

Posted on: April 23, 2020

“The Kansas City Symphony announced difficult news early Thursday—due to the coronavirus, the group has been forced to cancel the remainder of its 2019/20 season,” reads an unsigned Thursday (4/23) article at KCTV5 News (Kansas City, MO). “This news comes on top of the 20 concerts already canceled…. ‘While canceling the rest of the season is a decision we do not take lightly, it is undoubtedly necessary in order to do our part in limiting the spread of coronavirus,’ said Symphony Executive Director Danny Beckley. Beckley said the extension of many metro stay-at-home orders through May 15 forced the symphony to reassess its events. The list of cancellations includes the favorite ‘Celebration at the Station’ Memorial Day weekend outdoor concert at Union Station … the symphony’s biggest event of the year.… They plan to resume a full performance schedule in the fall with the start of its 2020/21 season, as conditions permit…. Symphony officials said the long string of cancellations will present a significant financial hardship…. The Kansas City Symphony relies on revenue from ticket sales and philanthropic contributions from the community.” Beckley said the orchestra “will continue to find ways to share our music with you during this time.”