Citing pandemic health guidelines, Canada’s Victoria Symphony suspends 2020-21 season, plans virtual initiatives

Posted on: May 22, 2020

“The Victoria Symphony has officially suspended its 2020/21 season due to COVID-19,” reads an unsigned article in Wednesday’s (5/20) CTV News (Vancouver Island, Canada). “The symphony says that it made the decision in order to comply with B.C.’s current health guidelines and to protect its musicians, staff, volunteers and patrons. The organization is unsure of when in-person performances will return but says that it will launch a number of new online programs [to] include digital performances, interviews, archived concerts, online learning opportunities and more…. The symphony says that updates on digital performances and other online content will be announced on the Victoria Symphony website and through its social media channels.” Kathryn Laurin, the Victoria Symphony’s CEO, said, “We’ve been overwhelmed by the kindness and generosity of our community in response to the COVID-19 pandemic…We look forward to welcoming our audiences back to the concert hall to experience live symphonic music as soon as we are able to perform safely.”