May 15 update: postponements and cancellations at orchestras, conservatories, and concert halls

Posted on: May 15, 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 Chamber Orchestra at St. Matthew’s (Pacific Palisades, California) postponed its March 13 concert, with a new date to be announced, and cancelled its April 24 concert, due to coronavirus concerns. The orchestra’s June 5 concert is currently proceeding as planned.

The Golden State Youth Orchestra (Palo Alto, California) has cancelled the remaining concerts in the current season, and has moved musician auditions for the 2020-21 season to a virtual platform.

The Kensington Symphony Orchestra (California) has cancelled its April 26 and June 13 concerts, due to the extension of local shelter-in-place orders.

The Mariposa Symphony Orchestra (California) postponed its April concerts commemorating the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, with new dates to be announced. The April 18 concert was to be presented in the Fiester Auditorium at Mariposa County High School, and the April 19 concert was to take place in the Amphitheatre at Camp Curry, Yosemite National Park. The orchestra is posting new and previously recorded content online.

Tippet Rise Arts Center (Fishtail, Montana) has cancelled its 2020 season of classical chamber music, which was to have run June 10-August 29, as well as its exhibition of sculpture, site-specific installations, and other artworks. The arts center has expanded its digital offerings, with podcasts, videos of performances recorded in the Olivier Music Barn and outdoors, and other media content.