Chicago Symphony Orchestra cancels all events through end of year

Thu Jul 16, 2020 at 11:31 am

By Lawrence A. Johnson

Photo: Todd Rosenberg

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association has cancelled all CSO concerts through December 23 due to the continuing effects of the Covid-19 pandemic and inability to meet Illinois guidelines for reopening large venues.

“With the COVID-19 pandemic and its related restrictions on public gatherings still in place and our ongoing priority to ensure the health and safety of our patrons, musicians and staff, we reached the conclusion that it was not possible to move forward with the programs we had originally planned for the fall,” said CSOA president Jeff Alexander in a statement released Thursday morning.

In addition to axing all CSO concerts for fall 2020, the cancellations include all Symphony Center Presents, MusicNOW and Civic Orchestra events as well. 

The press release held out a small hope that some live events might still take place, stating that the CSOA “continues to . . .  develop ideas for presenting smaller-scale live and online performances this fall, with more information available in August.” 

The annual Symphony Ball will now take place online October 24, with additional information TBA.

Patrons holding tickets to cancelled events will automatically have the value of their tickets placed on their account. Patrons may keep the ticket value for future purchases or convert the value into a tax-deductible contribution for the CSO’s Music Ahead fund. Call 312-294-3000 or email [email protected].

Since the cancellation of CSO concerts this spring, the orchestra has launched its “CSO From Home” portal with a variety of content including performances by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and individual musicians. Go to

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