The Schubertiade GmbH has announced that it will be canceling all performances in this year’s first concert series.
In an open letter, Gerd Nachbauer, managing director of the Schubertiade GmbH, noted that the organization did not “see any possibility for a sensibly projectable staging of the Schubertiade concerts from May 26th to 31st in Hohenems and from June 19th to 27th in Schwarzenberg, which therefore, and to our utmost regret, have to be cancelled as well.”
In the letter, Nachbauer adds that due to regulations imposed by the Austrian government that allow only a maximum occupancy of 50 percent, the company would be forced to “disinvite a large number of our guests.” This is particularly challenging for the organization because 85 percent of its concertgoers travel to Austria for performances and half of the guests come from Germany, where there is a 10 p.m. curfew in effect.
“This means that it is impossible to make one’s way home on time to southern Germany after an evening concert,” Nachbauer explains in the letter. “In addition, people returning to Germany from abroad have to go into quarantine for several days in most federal states. Regarding future entry regulations to Austria, there are only vague information for the time being.”
However, Nachbauer does express optimism that the series will be allowed to restart in August.