St. Louis Symphony cancels August concerts; will announce whether it will proceed with 2020-21 subscription season

Posted on: July 20, 2020

“St. Louis Symphony Orchestra has canceled plans to resume concerts in August … because the region is seeing increased coronavirus infections,” writes Jeremy D. Goodwin on Thursday (7/16) at St. Louis Public Radio. “The orchestra has canceled a planned August tribute to singer David Bowie and a concert of jazz and blues songs. It postponed programs of songs performed by the Beatles and the music of Motown next May or June. The organization also postponed three performances of ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1 in Concert,’ scheduled to begin Sept. 11, to next spring…. President and CEO Marie-Hélène Bernard said the orchestra will announce next month whether it will proceed on schedule with its 2020-21 subscription season at Powell Hall, due to begin Sept 19. It has yet to determine if it will proceed with a free performance in Forest Park on Sept. 15.… City guidelines allow for cultural venues to open at full audience capacity as of July 20…. Bernard said St. Louis Symphony Orchestra leaders have also consulted with representatives of other large St. Louis performance venues … to share notes and help develop best practices. They have also consulted with city health officials about new safety protocols.”