CSO cancels Thursday night’s concert, all events through mid-April

Thu Mar 12, 2020 at 5:47 pm

By Lawrence A. Johnson

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra is cancelling all events from Thursday night’s CSO concert through early April due to coronavirus concerns.

The late cancellation–two-and-1/2 hours before Thursday night’s concert–came in the wake of Governor J.B. Pritzker’s press conference this afternoon.

Governor Pritzker ordered the shutdown of public events of more than 1,000 people, and urged gatherings of more than 250 to be called off. There are currently 32 coronavirus cases in Illinois.

A subsequent press releases stated that all CSOA-presented concerts at Symphony Center are cancelled through “at least the next 30 days” in an effort to limit community transmission of COVID-19.

Check back for further updates.

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7 Responses to “CSO cancels Thursday night’s concert, all events through mid-April”

  1. Posted Mar 12, 2020 at 7:19 pm by Nancy Miller

    We had tickets for Casablanca this Sunday
    What do we do now to use our tickets?

  2. Posted Mar 12, 2020 at 10:36 pm by Ger A

    I had sold my tix tonight but CSO doesn’t know that. I received NO email or text announcing the closing 2 1/2 hours b4 showtime. WOW.
    People are going to be PISSED. I’d be pissed.

  3. Posted Mar 13, 2020 at 12:50 am by MMP

    Per CSOA media alert: Patrons with tickets to canceled concerts have options, including exchanging their tickets into other concerts or requesting a refund. More options and additional information can be found at cso.org or by calling Symphony Center at 312-294-3000.

  4. Posted Mar 13, 2020 at 1:24 am by Ger A

    Just found a voice mail message from the CSO cancelling tonight at 6:05 that I missed.
    Credits & swaps offered but no cash refund or credit that can be rolled into next season that would be my preference with 3 months left in this season after March.
    We just had two seats cancelled at the NY philharmonic at the end of the month, cash refunds WERE one of the options.

  5. Posted Mar 13, 2020 at 12:49 pm by Tod Verklärung

    The hiatus presents an opportunity for an assessment of the overall state of the CSO and its leadership, artistic policies, and challenges. Such detailed consideration would be welcome on this site.

  6. Posted Mar 16, 2020 at 10:02 am by Lawrence A. Johnson

    Yes, but this is not the time.

  7. Posted Mar 27, 2020 at 7:54 am by Nancy A Cardone

    My generous brother holds a subscription and we are SO looking forward to the overnight train ride to Chicago late June for the Beethoven Ninth. I’m wondering if Maestro Muti will be able to get into the country if he is abroad and pray his health is good.

    All the rest of this money talk — disappointing. I’m guessing the ones yelling the loudest are the richest. How will the orchestra survive if all the funds are given back? Do you want the players to not be paid? the staff? You are so lucky to have this world class Orchestra and conductor. No one could have predicted this virus. Some big boy pants [big girl skirts] are in order!

    Best of luck to all!

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