Chicago Symphony Orchestra Cancels Fall Portion of 2020-21 Season

By Francisco Salazar

The Chicago Symphony has canceled the fall portion of its 2020-21 season.

The orchestra announced that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it could not go forward with its fall concerts.

In a statement, the organization said, “The Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association (CSOA) announces that CSOA-presented 2020-21 season programs originally scheduled to take place beginning September 17 through December 23, 2020, have been canceled. Programs include Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO), Symphony Center Presents, MusicNOW, and public programs of the Negaunee Music Institute at the CSO, including Civic Orchestra of Chicago concerts.”

It continued, “The decision follows careful review of the rapidly evolving conditions related to the COVID-19 pandemic and is in accordance with the State of Illinois and City of Chicago’s multi-phase recovery plans, and in response to the current safety guidelines from public health officials. The CSOA continues to explore the possibility of rescheduling affected programs in the future and to develop ideas for presenting smaller-scale live and online performances this fall, with more information available in August.

“The CSOA will host its largest annual fundraising event, Symphony Ball, online, moving from the previously announced date of Saturday, October 3 to Saturday, October 24, with additional event information to be shared soon.”

With live concerts canceled, the orchestra announced that the “CSO From Home” content will continue with the new radio series, “From the CSO’s Archives: Maestro’s Choice,” and the Gems from the Vault programs featuring archival CSO radio broadcasts.

The orchestra will also make concerts available on Youtube and the CSOA will continue to present virtual recitals featuring CSO musicians throughout summer 2020.