San Francisco Symphony cancels remaining live concerts through June 30, 2021

Posted on: November 10, 2020

“The San Francisco Symphony is canceling all live performances through June 30, 2021, because of the COVID-19 global pandemic, the orchestra announced on Monday, Nov. 9,” writes Joshua Kosman in Monday’s (11/9) San Francisco Chronicle. “The cancellation officially puts an end to any in-performance music-making through the entire 2020-21 season, the first to feature Esa-Pekka Salonen as music director. Concerts for fall 2020 were called off in June. In a statement, CEO Mark C. Hanson expressed his ‘deep disappointment’ at the cancellations but called it the best course of action for the organization. ‘By canceling these performances,’ he added, ‘we are able to turn our full attention to investing in the creation of compelling and timely digital content and experiences that both fit within required safety guidelines and take advantage of them as a catalyst for innovation.’ The Symphony’s digital programming has included the streaming series ‘Currents’ and the upcoming ‘Throughline’ program, scheduled to air on Saturday, Nov. 14.”