Boston announces new season, provisionally

The Boston Symphony is going ahead in a couple of hours with its new-season launch.

It will be remembered most for this preamble:

IMPORTANT MESSAGE

The Boston Symphony Orchestra acknowledges the ongoing uncertainty around the COVID-19 health crisis and the lack of clarity regarding the duration of the pandemic. Though the BSO is announcing its usual full complement of performances for its 2020-21 Symphony Hall season and hopes the season will proceed without interruption, the organization is prepared to respond to all recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and the City of Boston, should circumstances necessitate changes to its performance schedule or to its current health and safety policies. Should the BSO need to cancel or change elements of the season as outlined in this press release, the organization will communicate about those changes in a timely manner with all its patrons and the greater music community. In addition, ticket holders will be notified about options for ticket donations, exchanges, or refunds. The Boston Symphony Orchestra will always hold the health and well-being of its audience, musicians, staff, guest artists, and the entire BSO community as the highest priority in its decision-making regarding the organization’s performance and event schedule.

 

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  • Yeah right says:

    Get real: they don’t have a season, and they won’t be able to open.
    That’s what will be remembered (if anything) about this release.

    • Bruce says:

      “They don’t have a season…”

      Though the BSO is announcing its usual full complement of performances for its 2020-21 Symphony Hall season and hopes the season will proceed without interruption…

  • Grim Reaper says:

    All the orchestras will be shutdown for the next 2-3 years.

    • Karl says:

      That’s the truth that lots of people don’t want to acknowledge. No one has EVER developed a vaccine for a corovavirus. It may not be possible. And even if it is possible it will take years. The fastest a vaccine has ever been developed is 5 years – for Ebola.

      • Saxon Broken says:

        Huh? Once enough people have had the virus and recovered then we can return to something approaching normality without a vaccine. That is likely to happen in the worst hit places by the Autumn.

    • Enquiring Minds says:

      Ouija board or crystal ball? Do tell us your secret.

  • Larry says:

    This is the proper thing to do. They can’t sit around and do nothing, then scramble to sell tickets once the “all clear” signal is given. As it says: “Should the BSO need to cancel or change…”

  • Petros Linardos says:

    Fingers crossed for Blomstedt next March.

  • Skippy says:

    I never realized how much I took the privilege of a live performance for granted.

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