All Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association-presented performances scheduled from Jan. 7 through March 30, 2021, have been canceled due to the pandemic. CSOA concerts already had been canceled through the end of this year.
“The decision follows a review of current conditions and restrictions related to the pandemic and is in accordance with the State of Illinois and City of Chicago’s multi-phase recovery plans, as well as current safety guidelines from public health officials,” according to a CSOA statement.
“The CSOA continues to explore the possibility of rescheduling affected programs and is reviewing plans to present smaller-scale live performances with a reduced audience in the future.”
In a statement, CSOA President Jeff Alexander expanded on the institution’s plans.
“During this extraordinary time, the CSOA remains committed to connecting audiences to the transformative power of music,” said Alexander. “While it requires more creativity and flexibility, we have already developed exceptional online programs featuring new performances by CSO musicians and with artistic guidance from maestro (Riccardo) Muti.”
These include “CSO Sessions,” a series of prerecorded Orchestra Hall performances that started online Oct. 1.
“Sounds of Celebration: An Evening at Home with the CSO” will be a virtual event at 7 p.m. Oct. 24.
“This special event grows out of the annual Symphony Ball tradition and serves as the CSOA’s largest fundraiser for the 2020-21 season,” the CSOA said in a statement.
Presented by CSOA’s Women’s Board, “Sounds of Celebration” will include greetings from Muti and cellist Yo-Yo Ma, plus performances by CSO musicians.
For more information, visit www.cso.org.
Howard Reich is a Tribune critic.
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