St. Paul Chamber Orchestra cancels rehearsals and performance through Sunday, as Twin Cities arts groups respond to COVID surge

Posted on: January 7, 2022

“As the new year begins, Twin Cities arts organizations are having to alter plans, for the same reason their schedules shifted at the end of 2021: the COVID-19 pandemic and, specifically, the omicron variant,” writes Chris Hewitt in Wednesday’s (21/5) Star Tribune (Minneapolis). “The Guthrie Theater has canceled the first three preview performances of ‘A Raisin in the Sun.’ … The St. Paul Chamber Orchestra has canceled rehearsals and performances through Sunday. SPCO is ‘exploring the possibility’ of rescheduling the four concerts by flutist Alicia McQuerrey while it implements a new testing protocol for its musicians and staff.… Walker Art Center has postponed ‘KLII,’ Kaneza Schaal’s show that was to launch its annual Out There series Jan. 12.… Wordplay, the writers festival begun by the Loft Literary Center in 2019 and then forced online … by the pandemic, announced Wednesday that it will go on hiatus for 2022.… Red Eye Theater has postponed this weekend’s dance piece ‘Honey’ to July 15-17…. While live music in clubs and bars is scaled back this time of the year anyway, First Avenue has postponed its annual Best New Bands showcase—with seven acts needing backstage accommodations—from Friday to March 4 out of safety.”