May 19 update: postponements and cancellations at orchestras, conservatories, and concert halls

Posted on: May 19, 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 Coastal Symphony of Georgia (St. Simons Island, Georgia) cancelled its April 13 concert due to coronavirus concerns. The orchestra is posting videos featuring its musicians.

The Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra (New London, Connecticut) has cancelled the remainder of its 2019-20 season, including concerts on April 25, and May 19 and May 23. These concerts had previously been rescheduled from dates earlier in the season.

The Hartford Symphony Orchestra (Connecticut) has cancelled its 2020 Talcott Mountain Music Festival, due to state-mandated limitations on social gatherings of more than five people. The 2020 festival was slated to run June 26-July 24, and this summer would have been the event’s 25th anniversary.

Symphony Silicon Valley (San Jose, California) has cancelled its June 6 and 7 concerts, which had previously been postponed from March 21 and 22 to June.

The Vallejo Symphony (California) has rescheduled two concerts from this spring to September 19 and 20.