The Springfield Symphony Orchestra announced Thursday the cancellation of the remainder of the 2019-2020 season.
The organization said the decision was being made in the best interests of keeping musicians, staff, and the community safe.
“While this was a difficult decision to make, the Springfield Symphony Orchestra cares deeply for the health and safety of its musicians, staff and community,” Springfield Symphony Board President Jim Johnson said in a statement. “The Springfield Symphony is cancelling or postponing all events, concerts, rehearsals and gatherings through the remainder of its 19/20 season to help reduce the spread of the Coronavirus.”
The Symphony is planning to hold a supplementary concert for canceled events on Saturday, August 29th, at the Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the performing arts.
The Symphony is also working to take care of musicians during the COVID-19 lockdown.
“In addition to prioritizing the safety and health of our patrons, players, and staff team, we are also aware of the financial uncertainty that many of our players may be facing in the midst of our concert cancellations/postponements,” Johnson said. “We are committed to our musicians’ financial well-being during this period, and the SSO has created a Musicians Emergency Fund for SSO musicians in need during the COVID-19 pandemic. The community’s support today is more important than ever. As a nonprofit arts organization, Springfield Symphony Orchestra relies on the people we serve. That has never been more true than during this time of event closures as our community works together to reduce the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).”
Ticket holders will be contacted regarding ticket exchange and donation options available. Email the Symphony at email@example.com with questions. The office is closed until April 27 with staff working remotely, so response times can be slower than normal.