FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 25, 2020
Madison Symphony Orchestra Concerts and Events — September 2020 through January 2021 Update
Madison, Wis. – The continuing COVID-19 crisis has resulted in the cancellation of concert hall performances worldwide, especially in recent weeks. Overture Center for the Arts today announced a suspension of all performances through November 2020. Due to Overture Center’s decision, and requirements of the FORWARD DANE Phased Reopening Plan for Dane County, the Madison Symphony Orchestra (MSO) has reluctantly canceled MSO Concerts and Overture Concert Organ performances through January 2021, since the Dane County plan does not permit audiences of more than 100 people in Overture Hall through its first three phases. The limitation of “mass gathering,” indoor performances and requirements of socially distancing a full orchestra on stage makes it impossible to present the season concerts through January as planned. This includes Education and Community Engagement Programs which are being re-scheduled for the Spring of 2021.
While alternative programming opportunities are being considered, refunds to subscribers for the value of their ticket purchases for concerts that would have taken place from September 2020 through January 2021 will be sent.
Everyone at the MSO regrets the need to cancel the concerts, especially since the Symphony’s celebration of Beethoven’s 250th birthday has been so enthusiastically embraced by concertgoers. “We all look forward to a new beginning with John DeMain, Gil Shaham and the orchestra in February 2021,” Executive Director Rick Mackie states. “Should there be a breakthrough opportunity to restore any of the canceled orchestra or organ concerts to the schedule, we will be prepared to do so. We are committed to keeping great music alive in Madison’s community life and thank our listeners and donors for their support.”
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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
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