Citing COVID, SPCO cancels weekend concerts; Guthrie cancels 3 previews of 'A Raisin in the Sun'

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Jan. 4—The St. Paul Chamber Orchestra has canceled this weekend's concerts, Jan. 7-9, due to COVID-19 concerns. Meanwhile, the Guthrie Theater canceled the first three previews of its next mainstage production.

The orchestra plans to implement a testing protocol for musicians and staff involved with SPCO concerts and rehearsals. According to a news release: "(We) will explore the possibility of rescheduling these performances later in the season. Concerts will resume next weekend with a testing policy in place."

If the performances are rescheduled, tickets will automatically be transferred to the new date. Ticketholders also have the option to exchange tickets for another concert, turn tickets back in as a donation to the SPCO, bank tickets for later use or request a refund.

When concerts resume, audience members will be required to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test. Masks are required and capacity will be limited to 50 percent to allow for distancing. To prevent crowds from gathering in restrooms, lobbies and concession lines, concerts will run 60 to 75 minutes without an intermission.

On Tuesday afternoon, the Guthrie Theatre announced it has canceled the first three previews of "A Raisin in the Sun" as result of COVID cases and protocols. The previews were Jan. 8, 9 and 11. The box office is contacting ticketholders for those performances.

The Guthrie previously canceled the final three performances on "A Christmas Carol" in December.

The cancellations are the latest in a wave that have taken place recently. Events at the Ordway Center for Performing Arts, First Avenue, Turf Club, Palace Theatre and Treasure Island Casino were either canceled or postponed.

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