List of classical music events in the Boulder area canceled due to health concerns
By Peter Alexander Updated March 13 at 4:56 p.m.
I will maintain a list of events that have been canceled in the classical music community of Boulder County and nearby at this Web page, and as they come to my attention. The most recent cancellations and announcements will always be at the top, but all events will be maintained on this one page. I will include all of the classical music organizations usually covered here, and any others in the associated music community. As only one person, I cannot vouch for up-to-the-second accuracy, but I will do my best. Nor can I attempt to cover jazz, pop or folk music events, musical theater or dance. I appreciate your understanding, and hope that you all stay safe and healthy.
Longmont Symphony, April 4
The Longmont Symphony has released the following statement, concerning the cancellation of their concert planned for April 4:
In an effort to protect the health and safety of our patrons, musicians, community and staff, the Longmont Symphony Orchestra Board of Directors has cancelled the April 4 Concert, A Fanfare for All, featuring percussionist Cameron Leach. At this time, there is no plan to reschedule this concert for a future date.
All patrons currently holding tickets for this concert are asked to consider the cost of their ticket as a donation to help defray the financial loss we will incur. All donors will receive a donation letter from the Longmont Symphony Orchestra. Those who do not wish to make a donation should call the office (303-772-5796) for a refund.
We will continue to monitor the status of the virus locally, as well as statewide, and will not hesitate to issue more news releases as prudent. As of this announcement, the May 9 Pops Concert, LSO at the Movies!, has not been cancelled.
Thank you for your continued support of the Longmont Symphony Orchestra during this challenging time for our community.
Center for Musical Arts in Lafayette
The Center for Musical Arts in Lafayette has closed, tentatively until mid-April. The following announcement went out last night (March 12 at 8 p.m.):
As of this evening, there are confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Boulder County, which has led Boulder Valley School District to close. We follow BVSD’s lead when it comes to school closures, so the following is effective immediately:
- All building activities are suspended
- Individual lessons will take place online only
- All other groups and classes will be put on hold until further notice (tentatively mid-April)
Longs Peak Barbershop Chorus April 18
The Longs Peak Barbershop Chorus of Longmont has canceled its planned spring show, scheduled for April 18. In addition, all rehearsals have been canceled until further notice.
Seicento Baroque Ensemble March 13 & 15
Seicento Baroque Ensemble has canceled performances of its planned program of French Baroque music and dance, “Airs & Graces,” planned for Denver and Longmont March 13 and 15 respectively. The following announcement appears on their Web page:
In response to the growing concerns over COVID-19 our venues (Regis and Stewart Auditorium) have made the difficult decision to cancel the performances this weekend. In order to ensure the safety of our patrons and musicians and to aid in containing the spread of the virus we have decided to cancel our corresponding events, the family concert and the dance workshop.
We hope that you might consider your ticket purchase a tax deductible donation to the organization to help us recuperate costs. If you prefer a refund we certainly understand.
We deeply appreciate your support, if you have any questions please feel free contact us.
Boulder Chamber Orchestra remainder of season
The Boulder Chamber Orchestra has canceled the remainder of their 2019-20 season, including concerts in April and May. The board has issued the following statement:
It is with a profound sense of loss and sadness that the BCO Board of Trustees has decided to cancel the remainder of the 2019–20 season, including the April 18 concert and the May 7 Mini Chamber Concert. We are extremely mindful of the health of our patrons, musicians, and guests and given the current state of uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus, we believe it is in the best interests of the organization to cancel the upcoming concerts.
We are very sorry for any inconvenience this situation my cause any season pass holders and are asking for your understanding while we consider the possibility of moving the scheduled concert to next fall. If we are unable to logistically make such a move work with the scheduling,, we would like to offer our season pass holders two options: one, to be reimbursed $25.00 for the concert (which will require the season pass holders to contact our office via email or U.S. Mail to request a refund in writing in the next thirty days) or two, to invite all season pass holders to our 2020–21 house party in the fall for no charge. . . . If you do not contact us for a refund or to attend the house party, the organization will send you a charitable donation form for a $25 donation.
The entire Board of Trustees would like to thank our loyal patrons and season pas holders for our continued support
Boulder Concert Band March 14 (date corrected)
The Boulder Concert Band has canceled its concert, “Americans We—A Panorama of American Music” scheduled for Saturday, March 14, at the First Congregational Church in Boulder.
A member of the band’s board of directors commented:
We certainly wanted the ’show to go on,’ but the safety of our band members, volunteers, and audience is paramount during this unprecedented Coronavirus pandemic, so we have cancelled our March 14 concert.
We’re closely monitoring the communications from public health officials, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local health departments regarding the novel coronavirus (COVID-2019) cases, and following the recommended guidelines, so stay tuned about our May season finale concert.
Boulder Chorale cancels concerts March 14 & 15
Boulder Chorale has announced the cancellation of “A World in Harmony,” a pair of concerts scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, March 14 and 15, at the First United Methodists Church in Boulder.
The complete statement from Boulder Chorale is now available:
With the changes to the COVID-19 situation in Colorado over the past 12 hours, we have made the tough decision to cancel our upcoming A World in Harmony concerts this weekend. We are committed to supporting the efforts of local officials to slow and contain the spread of COVID-19 in our area by limiting large group gatherings. The health and well-being of our audience members, singers, staff, and the larger surrounding community is of utmost importance at this time.
We hope to reschedule this performance when it is safe to do so, and we will keep you informed as we have more information.
For all ticket holders, your ticket is valid for a rescheduled performance of this program. If you prefer you may donate the value of your ticket to the Boulder Chorale or request a refund by emailing email@example.com.
Thank you for your patience and support as we navigate this rapidly changing situation. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out. Email will be answered as quickly as possible.
We look forward to gathering together again in harmony and community soon when the threat of COVID-19 has safely passed. Until then, stay healthy and safe.
Pro Musical Colorado concerts March 20–22
Colorado Pro Music Chamber Orchestra has joined a growing list of music organizations in the bOulder area who have canceled planned performances due to the coronavirus/COVD-19.
A program titled “Composing Climate” was scheduled for March 20, 21 and 22 in Longmont, Denver and Boulder, respectively. However, in light of other cancelations occurring in the area—including all performances on the CU campus (see previous posts)—the decision has been made to cancel those concerts as well.
All Spring 2020 performances on the CU Campus
CU Presents and the University of Colorado, Boulder. have just announced the cancellation of all Spring 2020 College of Music events. Their statement specifies that:
This includes Eklund Opera, Artist Series, Takacs Quartet, ensemble performances and all other events. We will be in touch with ticketholders soon regarding next steps.
Please note that this includes the Eklund Opera production of The Marriage of Figaro (scheduled for March 13–15) and the performance by the Kronos Quartet (March 19) previously covered in Boulder Weekly and on this blog. All faculty recitals and ensemble concerts of the College of Music are also included in the campus-wide cancellation.
The following is also posted on the CU Presents Web page:
We are currently working with the university to understand the impact this has on our events and will update patrons with more information as soon as possible. . . . CU Presents is committed to the health, safety and wellbeing of everyone at our events. We are actively monitoring the global coronavirus or COVID-19 situation and would like to point you to updates and resources from the University of Colorado Boulder and Boulder County Health.
Boulder Phil concerts March 21 and 22
The Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra has canceled their performances with Frequent Flyers Aerial Dance scheduled for March 21 in Boulder and March 22 at the Pinnacle Performing Arts Complex in Denver.
This cancellation was brought about by the university-wide shut down of public events on the University of Colorado Boulder campus. The Boulder Phil released the following statement:
We regret to report that the Boulder Phil will be unable to proceed with concerts scheduled for March 21 at Macky Auditorium and March 22 at Pinnacle Performing Arts Center. CU announced today the suspension of all campus classes and gatherings, and we are supporting public health and safety by suspending our concerts until the virus threat has passed. We hope these preventative measures will be effective as our community does its part to protect our citizens.
We view this change as a postponement, and we will reschedule the concert if at all possible. We will keep you informed of developments as we have information.
For all ticket holders, your tickets is valid for a rescheduled performance of this program, or for exchange to a future concert. If you prefer you may donate the value of your ticket to the Phil, or request a refund, by calling the box office, 303-449-1343 starting Monday.
Longmont Chorale cancels all spring performances
The Longmont Chorale has cancelled the remained of their scheduled performances of the 2019–20 season, including concerts planned for March, April and May.
Bob Balsman, president of Longmont Chorale, Inc., released the following statement:
Dear Longmont Chorale audience members,
Due to new CDC guidelines regarding those in vulnerable age groups and/or having underlying health issues being urged to avoid large public gatherings, we have made the difficult decision to end our season, effective immediately. This includes the Viva Voce concert in April.
Please read the update posted on Thursday, 3/06/2020 on the CDC website here.
As much as we all love singing together and for our audience, we need to follow the recommendation to avoid large gatherings to protect everyone’s health.
Please watch our website, social media, and your email for more information.
We hope you will follow the practices listed by health authorities like the CDC and WHO. Stay well, and we’ll be in touch again soon.