Covid-19 wipes out St Louis weekend

Covid-19 wipes out St Louis weekend


norman lebrecht

May 07, 2022

Just when you thought it was over, the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra has canceled its Saturday and Friday performances due to COVID-19 cases in the orchestra.

The announcement was made Friday morning.


  • chet says:

    All indoor gatherings are potential super spreader events.

    Until the end of time.

    Or until our descendants evolve to have natural immunity.

    In the meantime, wear a mask.

  • Brian says:

    Notable that St. Louis dropped its vaccine and mask requirements on April 19. A coincidence that they’re now seeing an outbreak in the hall? I somehow doubt it.

  • Singeril says:

    Who thought it was over?

    • Anthony Sayer says:

      It is over. This is just another hysterical overreaction.

      • Hayne says:

        Correction: It’s over for most of the unvaccinated.
        It’s not over for vaccinated people. They haven’t seen anything yet…

        • Amos says:

          Yes, especially those receiving useless Russian and Chinese vaccines. Check the results of failing to receive efficacious vaccines in China; the spread of the virus is out of control and outdated lockdown strategies are causing people to take their own lives. Stop endangering people for furthering your political goals.

  • Tom Phillips says:

    An inevitable result of living in such a backwards anti-science red state. No such “outbreaks” among New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, Chicago Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra etc.

    • Robert Wilkins says:

      A gross generation to say the very least…it would be interesting to know in what paradise you live…in which obviously covid has not touched the sacred citizens!!!

    • Stephen Owades says:

      The Boston Symphony Orchestra and Tanglewood Festival Chorus had a major Covid outbreak last month during performances of the “War Requiem,” in which over a quarter of the singers (including one soloist) and many players were infected. The singers were unmasked in the concerts, per the advice of the BSO’s medical and public health experts.

      I’m not surprised that the St Louis musicians had a super-spreader outbreak in the week following their “Sea Symphony” concerts. Missouri may be a red state, but even very blue, pro-science Massachusetts is not immune from this highly contagious virus.

      The Boston Symphony has maintained its strict vaccine and mask policy throughout the season. I will be renewing my full-season subscription if they promise to continue it, but not if they don’t. As an immunocompromised transplant recipient, it’s not a trivial matter for me.

    • OverYNS says:

      Lol Boston, Philly, and Chicago had outbreaks in April! Boston canceled their tour because of it!!

    • Don Ciccio says:

      The last Republican mayor of St. Louis was Aloys P. Kaufmann, whose term ended in 1949.

      How about governors of Missouri? In the last 30 years there were more Democrats than Republicans.

      Get your facts straight.

    • Anthony Sayer says:

      @ Tom P: So covid is frightened of Democrat-run cities? Good explanation.

  • MacroV says:

    Yes, it’s not over.

  • PFmus says:

    Who thought it was “over?” Cases in the US have been rising steadily since their low point in mid March, and the new case rate has already doubled from 30k per day average to just of 70K per day today. Not at all unexpected, given the GOP’s continued war on public health.


    • PaulD says:

      But…but.. Joe Biden told us that, “If you get fully vaccinated you won’t have to wear a mask.”

      • Amos says:

        True, regrettably only 30% of adults in the US are fully vaccinated thanks to trolls and fellow travelers.

  • Layperson says:

    Can someone refer me to a report/study which states that masks are effective in concert halls? I mean, do they really work on a population level?
    Asking for a friend…

  • Bob L. says:

    I suggest we think of these cancellations more in line with MLB postponements due to C-19 in the past, except the SLSO doesn’t carry a major league back-up in every position. When crucial positions test positive at the last minute, it’s very hard to find an appropriate caliber replacement because they’re all working. I hope the player and/or players recover fully and quickly.

  • just saying says:

    Why couldn’t they test everyone, and get substitute musicians to fill in for the positive cases? Or am I missing something here.

  • David Rockefeller VI says:

    I thought Biden was going to end the pandemic and the stock market would be up under him…What happened?