Breaking: Carnegie Hall shuts down

Breaking: Carnegie Hall shuts down


norman lebrecht

March 12, 2020

Message just received:

With the health and safety of its public, artists, and staff as its foremost priority, Carnegie Hall today announced that it will be closed for all public events and programming through the end of March, effective midnight tonight, in an effort to reduce the spread of the new coronavirus (COVID-19).

All events and programming at Carnegie Hall from Friday, March 13 through Tuesday, March 31, 2020 have been cancelled.

The Metropolitan Museum has also announced closure. It can only be a matter of time before the Met Opera shuts.

UPDATE: It has now.

UPDATE: Why New York shut down so fast.

Boston has shut Symphony Hall.

Statement from the NY Philharmonic: Out of concern for the safety of our public, musicians, and staff, and in an effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus), all New York Philharmonic concerts from tonight through March 31, 2020 are cancelled. For information about refunds or exchanges, ticket holders should contact Customer Relations at (212) 875-5656. This is a rapidly evolving situation, and we will continue to provide updates as we receive new information. As always, the safety and security of our guests, musicians, and employees is our highest priority.


  • AstoriaEd says:

    Met has also cancelled performances through 3/31

  • Lance Hedron says:

    Ok Peter.

    Waiting for you…

  • AlanK says:

    Not surprising. Given Mr. Lebrecht’s journalistic focus on musical morbidity and mortality, he is gong to be a very busy man for quite a long time. The popularity of the website might grow commensurate with the expansion of the pandemic. Pretty soon even Norman might go viral!

  • Karl says:

    I’m keeping my eye on Boston. There are a couple of operas I want to attend there this weekend.