May 4 update: postponements and cancellations at orchestras, conservatories, and concert halls

Posted on: May 4, 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 Colorado Symphony (Denver) has postponed all remaining 2019-20 season concerts and events through May 31. In addition to full-orchestra concerts, cancelled events include in-school programs, chamber music concerts, an open rehearsal, and a performance by the Denver Young Artists Orchestra. New dates will be announced.

OKM Music (Bartlesville, Oklahoma) has postponed its 2020 festival to September 4–10. The festival presents chamber groups and small-ensemble orchestras, free community events, and programming for young people at multiple venues.

The Plymouth Philharmonic Orchestra (Massachusetts) postponed its March 28 ​concert to August 8; its May 17 and 18 concerts will now be presented on September 12 and 13.

The Roanoke Symphony Orchestra (Virginia) has announced postponements through July 25. Its March 29 concert has been rescheduled to June 29; the April 24 concert will now be performed on June 19; and the May 2 concert will be given on July 25.

The Worcester Youth Orchestras (Massachusetts) will not hold in-person rehearsals or events for the remainder of the season. All rehearsals and concerts currently take place online, including the May 17 season finale concert involving all students and ensembles. Spring 2020 auditions will be held online.

The Yakima Symphony Orchestra (Washington) has cancelled the final concerts of its season, which was to run through May 30, in conjunction with the extension of statewide stay-at-home orders. The orchestra will announce updates about its annual fundraising event, originally planned for March 29 and currently rescheduled to June 19, as the situation develops.