Chicago Symphony Orchestra cancels concerts through March 2021, due to pandemic

Posted on: October 16, 2020

Orchestra Hall at Symphony Center, home of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra

“All Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association-presented performances scheduled from Jan. 7 through March 30, 2021, have been canceled due to the pandemic,” writes Howard Reich in Thursday’s (10/15) Chicago Tribune. “CSOA concerts already had been canceled through the end of 2020. ‘The decision follows a review of current conditions and restrictions related to the pandemic and is in accordance with the state of Illinois and city of Chicago’s multi-phase recovery plans, as well as current safety guidelines from public health officials,’ according to a CSOA statement. ‘The CSOA continues to explore the possibility of rescheduling affected programs and is reviewing plans to present smaller-scale live performances with a reduced audience in the future.’ In a statement, CSOA President Jeff Alexander [said], ‘We have already developed exceptional online programs featuring new performances by CSO musicians, with artistic guidance from maestro (Riccardo) Muti.’ These include ‘CSO Sessions,’ a series of prerecorded Orchestra Hall performances that started online Oct. 1.’Sounds of Celebration: An Evening at Home with the CSO’ will be a virtual event at 7 p.m. on Oct. 24.… Presented by CSOA’s Women’s Board, ‘Sounds of Celebration’ will include greetings from Muti and cellist Yo-Yo Ma, plus performances by CSO musicians.”