Minnesota flips its season into Augustmain
This is more constructive than some other US orchestras:
The Minnesota Orchestra announced today the restructuring of its 2019-2020 concert season, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Designed to delay all concerts until August 2020, the revised concert calendar reschedules numerous performances and cancels all others through June 15, 2020; postpones all Summer at Orchestra Hall 2020 concerts and activities until summer 2021; and includes five newly-added weeks of August and early September 2020 performances at Orchestra Hall to accommodate the rescheduled concerts, played during the period that is typically the break time between Minnesota Orchestra seasons. Featuring the full Minnesota Orchestra and four Orchestra musicians as soloists, the August and early September performances will be led by Music Director Osmo Vänskä and Associate Conductor Akiko Fujimoto. The Orchestra had previously announced concert cancellations through April 28. All ticketholders are being notified directly of these changes and offered a variety of options around their tickets.
“We miss sharing live music with our audiences very much, and we have weighed many options around when the Orchestra can resume performances again,” said Music Director Osmo Vänskä. “Based on the latest information, we have adapted our calendar to shift performances into August, when we are hopeful we’ll be able to gather at Orchestra Hall. The Orchestra will always follow all the recommended health guidelines and if we need to make changes to this revised calendar as August draws closer, we will do so. For the performances that cannot happen this spring, we hope audiences will enjoy instead the at-home concerts we are sharing on the Orchestra’s website. Mostly, I hope everyone can find inspiration in the music itself. So many great works of classical music are rooted in hope and renewal, and I believe this music can help sustain us now, until we are able to share it together at Orchestra Hall again. I thank you for the warm wishes you have been sending to the Orchestra, and we send those same good thoughts back to you.”