November 30, 2020

Madison Symphony Orchestra Concerts and Events, 20/21 Season — February through May 2021 Update


Madison, Wis. –​ In response to the coronavirus pandemic, the Madison Symphony Orchestra (MSO) has cancelled concerts and events that would have taken place in February through May 2021.

“The continuing COVID-19 crisis has curtailed planned performances of orchestras all over the world,” Executive Director Rick Mackie states. “As more and more orchestras face the almost certain prospect that well-attended, full-orchestra concerts indoors will not be possible for the foreseeable future, at least until a successful vaccination program has brought COVID-19 under control, the remainder of many symphony concert seasons across America are now being cancelled.”

“When we planned a joyous celebration of Ludwig van Beethoven’s 250th birthday, we could scarcely have imagined the devastation of the coronavirus in almost every aspect of our lives,” Mr. Mackie expressed. “But we are finding solace in successfully rescheduling this epic season just one year hence. The emerging promise of vaccine development has rekindled our enthusiasm for making great music on a grand scale for our community with our Beethoven celebration. We all look forward to a new beginning with John DeMain and the orchestra in September 2021. Please stay tuned for some exciting news about next season. In the meantime, should there be a breakthrough opportunity to restore any of the cancelled orchestra or organ concerts, or educational and community services to the schedule, we will be prepared to do so. As we consider alternative programming opportunities for the Spring, we will continue to welcome donations to our Musicians’ Relief Fund. We are committed to helping our orchestra and keeping great music alive in Madison.”

The MSO previously cancelled its live, main stage concerts and education performances that were to take place from September 2020 through January 2021, due to public health restrictions and the closure of Overture Hall. Public Health Madison and Dane County restrictions continue to prohibit publicly-attended indoor concerts. Due to the present conditions, which offer no reasonable prospect of abatement until the Summer 2020, the MSO has found it necessary to cancel all previously scheduled Madison Symphony Orchestra 2020–2021 subscription concerts, Education and Community Engagement Programs, and Overture Concert Organ performances, from February through May 2021. The Madison Symphony Orchestra League’s June 2021 Concert on the Green is currently scheduled to take place as planned.

The Madison Symphony Orchestra will offer 2020–2021 season subscription ticketholders to concerts scheduled for February through May 2021 the option to donate the value of their tickets, or receive a refund.


The Madison Symphony Orchestra celebrates its 95th season in 2020–2021. The MSO has grown to be one of America’s leading regional orchestras, providing Madison and south-central Wisconsin with cultural and educational opportunities to interact with great masterworks and top-tier guest artists from around the world. Learn more at madisonsymphony.org

Peter Rodgers, Director of Marketing
Phone: (608) 260-8680 x226
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Email: prodgers@madisonsymphony.org
Orchestra and John DeMain photos: bit.ly/mso19-20orchestraphotos
2020–2021 Symphony Season photos: bit.ly/mso20-21seasonphotos

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