May 21 update: postponements and cancellations at orchestras, conservatories, and concert halls

Posted on: May 21, 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 Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (Georgia) has announced new dates for its March 13 and 14 orchestra-with-film concerts, which will now be given on June 26 and 27. The orchestra had previously cancelled or postponed concerts and events through the end of the season on June 14. The orchestra continues to expand the content on its “ASO Virtual Stage” site.

The Grand Rapids Symphony (Michigan) has cancelled all concerts and events through July 31. The July 14, 2020 concert at Ah-Nab-Awen Park has been rescheduled for July 14, 2021. The orchestra is planning concerts at various locations in August, to be determined by COVID-19 guidance at that time. Since the end of March, musicians of the Grand Rapids Symphony have released virtual performances on Facebook and YouTube.

The New Albany Symphony Orchestra (Ohio) cancelled its March 14-15 and April 25-26 concerts, following the closure of its performance venues and limitations on large gatherings to limit the spread of the coronavirus.

The Northern Ohio Youth Orchestra (Oberlin, Ohio) has cancelled its 2020 Summer Winds and Summer Symphony camps. The organization plans to announce distance-learning opportunities instead of the in-person camps, and is currently presenting online “NOYO Knowledge Virtual Q&A Sessions” for young musicians.

The Springfield Symphony Orchestra (Ohio) cancelled its May 16 performance, which would have featured the Springfield Symphony Orchestra Chorale and Children’s Chorus.