April 29 update: postponements and cancellations at orchestras, conservatories, and concert halls

Posted on: April 29, 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 Alhambra Orchestra (Coconut Grove, Florida) has cancelled its May 2 season-finale concert as well as its annual summer opera.

Artis—Naples (Florida), parent organization of the Naples Philharmonic, Naples Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, and Naples Philharmonic Youth Symphonia as well as an art museum and arts-education programs, has ​cancelled all remaining performances and events of the 2019-20 season. The Naples Philharmonic season had been scheduled to run through mid-May.

The Brevard Symphony Orchestra (Melbourne, Florida) has rescheduled its March 14 concerts to September 26, and its April 4 performance to October 24.

The Eugene Symphony (Oregon) has postponed all remaining concerts in the current season, with new dates to be announced. The orchestra ​is determining how to proceed with its annual series of free, outdoor summer concerts​, and will announce that decision soon. Local radio stations are broadcasting performances by the Eugene Symphony, and the orchestra is posting free videos of previous concerts.

The Pacific Symphony (Orange County, California) has cancelled concerts at Pacific Amphitheater on July 4, August 21, and September 12. The Orange County Fair & Event Center recently cancelled the 2020 Orange County Fair in light of ongoing COVID-19 restrictions.

The San Juan Symphony (Durango, Colorado) has postponed the final concert of the 2019-20 season, a gala on May 3. The orchestra had previously postponed concerts on April 4 and 5 in Farmington and Durango.

The South Carolina Philharmonic (Columbia, South Carolina) has announced the cancellation of its June 25 concert, which had originally been scheduled for April 25. The orchestra is posting self-recorded videos by its musicians on its “From Our Homes to Yours” series and releasing recordings of past “From the Archive” concerts online.

The Waterbury Symphony Orchestra (Connecticut) has postponed concerts on March 28, April 18, and May 2, with new dates to be determined. The July 12 Picnic and Pops concert is currently proceeding as scheduled.