Indianapolis Symphony cancels outdoor “Symphony on the Prairie” series

Posted on: May 5, 2020

“The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra has canceled Symphony on the Prairie, its popular outdoor summer concert series, because of the coronavirus,” writes Domenica Bongiovanni in Monday’s (5/4) Indianapolis Star. “The move was part of a sweeping Monday announcement that wiped out all remaining scheduled concerts until Sept. 17. Some of the major cancellations include ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ … and Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis…. The governor’s new Back on Track plan gives the OK for large venues to open June 14…. Festivals and fairs cannot resume until July 4, and … social gatherings cannot have more than 250 people until July 4.… But … even if concert restrictions are lifted mid-summer … ‘the remaining guidelines combined with the infrastructure required for producing Symphony on the Prairie is so complex that presenting a partial season is not financially feasible,’ the symphony’s release read. The symphony is working with artists on rescheduled dates for 2021…. Over the summer, the symphony will show concerts from its archives … as well as other virtual performances from musicians…. Last week, CEO James Johnson said a Paycheck Protection Program loan through the CARES Act helped them bring back the musicians and stagehands, who had previously been furloughed, as well as staff.”