Boston Symphony Orchestra cancels live performances through spring 2021, adds digital content

Posted on: October 19, 2020

Symphony Hall, home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra

“The Boston Symphony Orchestra has officially canceled all of its planned live performances at Symphony Hall for the 2020-21 season, as the ongoing coronavirus pandemic keeps concert halls and theaters closed to the public,” writes Zoë Madonna in Friday’s (10/16) Boston Globe. “The 2020 Holiday Pops series has also been canceled…. For the BSO, pandemic-related concert cancellations started in February, when a tour to East Asia was called off. The first half of the 2020-21 season was canceled in late July…. Numerous other American major orchestras and performing arts institutions … have also scrapped their planned live seasons through early to mid 2021. On a lighter note, Friday’s BSO statement teased an upcoming announcement regarding new BSO digital content. Online offerings in the months ahead will include a collaboration featuring local hip-hop band STL GLD with youth and family concerts conductor Thomas Wilkins, plus a Holiday Pops series led by Pops conductor Keith Lockhart. Concerts will be available starting mid-November, with specifics coming October 28—the same day some BSO musicians will return to the Symphony Hall stage for the first time since March to record new material.”