The Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association has canceled the rest of its 2019-20 season, through June 27, of all CSOA-presented concerts and events at Symphony Center and off-site locales. The latest cancellations, which were announced today, May 8, by CSOA President Jeff Alexander, follow government mandates to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.
The cancellations comply with Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s multi-phase plan, released earlier this week, that will determine when concert presentations might resume. A complete list of canceled Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Symphony Center Presents concerts is available here. Pre- and post-concert events also are canceled through June 27. The CSOA is reviewing opportunities to reschedule canceled programs in subsequent seasons.
To help offset the financial impact of the shutdown, the CSOA has launched Music Ahead, a matching challenge grant program funded by anonymous donors. Through June 30, donations to the CSOA will be matched dollar for dollar through the Music Ahead campaign. For more information, please visit cso.org/musicahead.
Patrons also are encouraged to donate tickets to canceled concerts as a tax-deductible contribution, exchange tickets for future concerts or return tickets and designate the funds as money on account. Patrons who have not yet donated their tickets to canceled performances may email firstname.lastname@example.org to request personal assistance with their donation or visit cso.org/exchangetickets to complete their ticket exchange or donation online. Gifts of donated tickets will also be matched as part of the Music Ahead campaign.
More options and additional information can be found at cso.org or by calling Symphony Center at (312) 294-3000. Additional information for CSOA patrons is available at cso.org/alert.