Detroit Symphony postpones five-day Florida tour due to COVID-19 surge

Posted on: January 10, 2022

“The Detroit Symphony Orchestra has postponed its upcoming Florida tour, citing the latest surge in COVID-19 cases across the country,” writes Maureen Feighan in Friday’s (1/7) Detroit News. “The orchestra was supposed to embark on a five-day tour starting Jan. 15 with performances in Miami, West Palm Beach, Gainesville and Sarasota. It would’ve been the DSO’s first tour with new music director Jader Bignamini. Officials said the tour will be rescheduled for a future season…. ‘Protecting the health and safety of our patrons, musicians, staff, and stage crew has been our top priority since the start of the pandemic,’ said DSO President and CEO Erik Rönmark in a press release Thursday. ‘While we are disappointed … we know that this is the responsible decision for the orchestra at this time.’ The DSO last toured Florida in 2014…. A planned send-off concert performance at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Orchestra Hall, meanwhile, will still be held, but instead as a stand-alone program.” The DSO also was forced to cancel its Jan. 7-9 neighborhood concerts in Plymouth, Bloomfield Hills, and Grosse Pointe after after a musician tested positive for the COVID-19 virus.