Coronavirus: US music goes into shutdownmain
The San Francisco and New Jersey symphony orchestras have cancelled the coming two weeks of concerts due to new restrictions. The San Francisco concert hall is shut. UPDATE: The SFSO’s farewell tour to Europe with Michael Tilson Thomas is also off.
The Cleveland Orchestra has called off this weekend’s concerts.
Opera San Jose and Opera Maryland have scratched upcoming productions.
LA’s Piatigorsky International Cello Festival is off.
Itzhak Perlman has dropped out of a six-city tour. Yuja Wang has called off a Europe tour, as has the Emerson Quartet.
Curtis on Tour concerts in Chicago, Washington, DC, and Detroit have been cancelled, along with student auditions.
Music colleges have told students not to come in for tuition or rehearsal. They are encouraged to make online contact with teachers.
From the Eastman School of Music:
We know that social distancing is effective in slowing down or stopping the spread of a disease. Earlier this week, we put some social distancing measures into effect, limiting the size of some gatherings and prohibiting international and domestic business travel. The intent of these measures is to limit exposure both to those who may be ill and to those who may be contagious but who are not displaying symptoms. These measures may keep you from getting sick; they will also greatly lower the risk that COVID-19 will be introduced to our campuses and healthcare facilities, so that these measures may also keep others from getting sick.
In consultation with the University Cabinet, we have decided that more stringent social distancing measures must be taken until the end of the semester. This means that:
For the rest of this academic year, instruction for Undergraduate and Graduate students in AS&E and for most schools at the University will take place online. University ITS and our Department of Online Education have developed information on preparing for remote teaching, learning, and working and for transitioning traditional courses to online courses. Faculty who transition to online classes will retain copyright to their instructional material.