The Cleveland Orchestra Cancels Europe and Abu Dhabi Tour Due to Coroanvirus Outbreak

By Francisco Salazar

The Cleveland Orchestra has announced that due to ongoing developments related to coronavirus (COVID-19), the Orchestra will not travel to Europe and Abu Dhabi for the ensemble’s announced tour scheduled to take place during the next several weeks.

The tour was supposed to begin March 19 with performances in Linz’s Brucknerhaus, Vienna’s Musikverein, the Philharmonie de Paris and at the Abu Dhabi Festival through April 4.

André Gremillet, President & CEO of The Cleveland Orchestra said, “The health and well-being of our musicians, staff, and patrons are our absolute priority. Ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) news reports have generated questions and concerns for all of us regarding the upcoming tour. We have been closely monitoring the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, with a focus on gathering facts from the many qualified medical experts available to us both here in Cleveland and around the world. After extended deliberation and based on information from these experts, we have made the decision that The Cleveland Orchestra will not travel to Europe and Abu Dhabi for our previously announced tour this March and April. We are very disappointed we won’t be able to perform due to circumstances out of our control, and we very much appreciate the understanding of everyone involved, especially our audiences and presenting partners for this tour. We are looking at the possibility of rescheduling some of these concerts at a future date.”

The orchestra also stated that alternative plans for The Cleveland Orchestra’s schedule in March will be announced in coming days.

The Cleveland Orchestra is the latest organization to cancel a tour. Previously the Philadelphia Orchestra and the National Symphony Orchestra canceled tours due to the spread of the virus.