Austin Symphony cancels third free summer concert due to extreme heat

Posted on: July 11, 2022

“Texas’ heat wave strikes again. For the third time this year, the Austin Symphony Orchestra has had to cancel one of the Hartman Foundation Concerts in the Park series of shows: this time, it’s tonight’s scheduled performance by its brass quintet,” writes Richard Whittaker in Sunday’s (7/10) Austin Chronicle (TX). “This year marks the 20th anniversary of the free series on the Long Center City Terrace…. However, so far this year, ASO has been forced to cancel three of the five scheduled weekly free concerts [June 12, June 19] and tonight’s show…. Only two performances have gone ahead as planned [June 5 and 26]…. ASO had already pushed the start times for the concerts back from 7:30pm to 8pm in hopes of avoiding the worst of the heat, with the aim that the air temperature would be below 95 degrees by the start of the show. However, with the forecast showing temperatures still over 100 by 8pm tonight, ASO has canceled the event completely. So far, the plan is to continue with the next scheduled show, a performance by the wind quartet next Sunday, July 17, and the rest of the series, running through to August 28.”