BALTIMORE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA CANCELS OR RESCHEDULES CONCERTS AND PUBLIC EVENTS THROUGH MAY 24


March 31, 2020

Dear Friends of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra,

We wanted to share with you that today we announced that we will be canceling or rescheduling concerts and public events through May 24 at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, The Music Center at Strathmore, and other venues.

The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra has continued to monitor the outbreak of COVID-19 as well as consider the recommendations of the CDC and government officials. In addition to the cancellations and calendar changes noted below, our office is now conducting all of its business operations remotely. Please know that the Ticket Office is receiving mail, and staff are receiving and returning email and voicemail on an ongoing basis. We remain committed to making it as easy as possible for all ticketholders affected by cancellations (and rescheduling) to understand their options, and we hope that you will consider transferring your tickets into a donation to the BSO at this unprecedented time.

Last week, we launched BSO OffStage, an exciting new addition to our website devoted to performances that our musicians are creating from their home, as well as podcasts, educational activities, conversations with Marin Alsop and more. New content is added daily, and we hope you will check it out at www.BSOmusic.org/OffStage. We are also proud to share that OrchKids has already taken steps to offer all of its current after-school instrumental students live, online private instruction using the Teacher Zone platform, with additional online content curated by OrchKids teaching artists for all program participants.

We are very grateful for your support of our Orchestra, and we look forward to making music for you again as soon as possible.

On behalf of our Board of Directors, musicians, staff, and all of us in the BSO family, we wish you and your family good health and safety during this unprecedented situation.

Sincerely,

Peter T. Kjome
President and CEO

Please read the following carefully as some events have been rescheduled for future dates.

The Baltimore Symphony’s public events that have been cancelled at this time include:

Music Adventures
*Tues March 17 at 6 pm – Meyerhoff

Ray Chen Performs Shostakovich Violin Concerto No. 1
*Thurs March 19 at 8 pm – Meyerhoff
*Sat March 21 at 7 pm – Meyerhoff

BSO Donor Celebration
*Fri March 20 at 7 pm – Meyerhoff
Please note that the BSO’s Donor Celebration event has been rescheduled for July 1, coupled with a special Season Preview for Subscribers.

Music Box: Celebrate Springtime
*Sat March 21 at 10 am and 11:30 am – Meyerhoff
*Sat March 28 at 10 am and 11:30 am – AMP by Strathmore

Baltimore Speaker Series: Susan Rice
*Tues March 24 at 8 pm – Meyerhoff
Please note that this event is being rescheduled for a future date. Ticketholders will be contacted by the Speaker Series with further details.

Baltimore Symphony performance at the SHIFT Festival of American Orchestras
*Wed March 25 at 8 pm – Kennedy Center

Mozart and Mendelssohn
*Sat March 28 at 8 pm – Meyerhoff
*Sun March 29 at 3 pm – Strathmore

Hiplet
*Sun March 29 at 3 pm – Meyerhoff
Please note that this event has been re-scheduled for Saturday, June 13 at 3 pm. Current tickets will be valid on the new date.

Midweek Education Concerts
*Wed April 1 at 10 am and 11:30 am – Meyerhoff
*Thurs April 2 at 10 am and 11:30 am - Meyerhoff

Maxwell: A Night at the Symphony
*Fri April 3 at 8 pm – Meyerhoff
*Sat April 4 at 8 pm – Meyerhoff
Please note that this event is being rescheduled for a future date. Ticketholders will be contacted with further details.

Family Concert: Through the Telescope (including Family Luncheon)
*Sat Apr 4 at 11 am – Meyerhoff

An Evening with David Sedaris
*Sat April 11 at 8 pm – Meyerhoff
Please note that this event has been rescheduled for Saturday, October 3, 2020 at 8 pm. Current tickets will be valid on the new date. Ticketmaster will contact ticketholders with further details.

Howard County Side-by-Side Concert
*Wednesday, April 15, 2020 at 7:30 pm – Meyerhoff

Movie with Orchestra: The Wizard of Oz
*Thursday, April 16, 2020 at 8 pm – Strathmore
Please note that this includes the pre-concert lecture scheduled for 6 pm.
*Friday, April 17, 2020 at 8 pm – Meyerhoff
*Saturday, April 18, 2020 at 8 pm – Meyerhoff
*Sunday, April 19, 2020 at 3 pm – Meyerhoff

Holst The Planets
*Thursday, April 23, 2020 at 8 pm – Meyerhoff
*Saturday, April 25, 2020 at 8 pm – Strathmore
*Sunday, April 26, 2020 at 3 pm – Meyerhoff 

Off The Cuff: Holst The Planets
*Friday, April 24, 2020 at 8:15 pm – Strathmore 

MPT’s 2020 Rhythm & Soul Concert
*Saturday, April 25, 2020 at 3 pm – Meyerhoff
Please note that this event is being rescheduled for October 11 at 3 pm. Ticketholders will be contacted with further details.

Music Adventures: Bach and Friends: The Viola Suites and Their Companions
*Monday, April 27, 2020 at 6 pm – Meyerhoff 

Baltimore Speaker Series: Jason Alexander
*Tuesday, April 28, 2020 at 8 pm – Meyerhoff
Please note that this event is being rescheduled for a future date. Ticketholders will be contacted with further details.

Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto
*Thursday, April 30, 2020 at 8 pm – Strathmore
*Friday, May 1, 2020 at 8 pm – Meyerhoff
*Saturday, May 2, 2020 at 8 pm – Meyerhoff
*Sunday, May 3, 2020 at 3 pm – Meyerhoff 

Music Box: Birdie Melodies
*Saturday, May 2, 2020 at 10 am & 11:30 am – Meyerhoff
*Saturday, May 9, 2020 at 10 am & 11:30 am – AMP by Strathmore 

Baltimore Symphony Youth Orchestras Chamber Recital
*Tuesday, May 5, 2020 at 7 pm – Meyerhoff

Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back – In Concert
*Thursday, May 7, 2020 at 8 pm – Meyerhoff
*Friday, May 8, 2020 at 8 pm – Strathmore
*Sunday, May 10, 2020 at 3 pm – Meyerhoff
The BSO is working to reschedule these events during the 2020-21 season. 

Music Adventures: Preparing for Upcoming Performances…as a Bassoonist
*Tuesday, May 12, 2020 at 6 pm – Meyerhoff 

Brahms v. Radiohead
*Friday, May 15, 2020 at 8 pm – Meyerhoff 

Baroque Favorites
*Saturday, May 16, 2020 at 8 pm – Strathmore
Please note that this includes the pre-concert lecture scheduled for 6 pm.
*Sunday, May 17, 2020 at 3 pm – Meyerhoff 

Baltimore Symphony Youth Orchestras Concert
*Sunday, May 17, 2020 at 7:30 pm – Meyerhoff 

Evgeny Kissin in Recital
*Monday, May 18, 2020 at 8 pm – Meyerhoff 

Symphony in the City: Patterson Park
*Wednesday, May 20, 2020 at 7 pm – Patterson Park 

Star Wars: Return of the Jedi – In Concert
*Friday, May 22, 2020 at 8 pm – Meyerhoff
*Saturday, May 23, 2020 at 3 pm – Meyerhoff
The BSO is working to reschedule these events during the 2020-21 season.

Youth Orchestras rehearsals
* All rehearsals at Carver Center for Arts and Technology are postponed until after public school spring break, with an announcement about future rehearsals to be made after April 12.

Ticketholders for all events and performances will be contacted with further details. 

In keeping with these concert cancellations, all related member and development events are also cancelled, including:
*April Open Rehearsal, Wednesday, April 22 – Meyerhoff
*Legato Circle Annual Luncheon, Sunday, April 26 – Meyerhoff
*Donor Appreciation Concert and Open Rehearsal, Thursday, April 30 – Strathmore
*May Post-Concert Toast, Saturday, May 2 – Meyerhoff
*Musical Monday, Monday, May 4 – St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Church

More information regarding the BSO’s Gala Celebration and Concert on May 9 featuring Itzhak Perlman, our signature fundraising event, will be announced soon. 


The BSO COVID-19 Task Force will continue to monitor the situation, and BSO patrons will be kept informed regarding further cancellations if needed. Ticket holders for these cancelled performances will be contacted with instructions by the Ticket Office.


Options for Ticketholders

If your performance has been rescheduled for a future date, please note that your current tickets will be valid for the new date. If you hold tickets for a cancelled concert or are unable to attend on a rescheduled date, the following options are available to you:

Donate your tickets. Consider supporting the BSO by donating your tickets for a tax deduction.

Put tickets on account. Place the funds on your account for future use. Subscribers may consider applying the value to their 2020-21 season subscription renewal. Individual ticketholders can use their credits for concerts in the current season, or for the 2020-21 season beginning on July 27th.

Request a gift certificate. You can convert the value of your tickets into a gift certificate, which is valid for four years from the date of issue.

Request a refund. While we hope you will consider joining us for a future performance, we understand that may not be possible. Refunds are available to ticketholders by request.

Please notify us of your intentions by May 31, 2020. After this date, any tickets remaining for cancelled performances will be considered a donation to the BSO.

To take advantage of one of these options, please click here to fill out our request form. You may also contact us by phone at 877.276.1444 and leave a voicemail message. Please note that the BSO Ticket Office is currently operating remotely and responding to a high volume of messages, so your inquiry may take longer than normal to answer. We appreciate your patience and understanding.