CSO UPDATE #2:
Dear Friends and Patrons of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra,
We hope that this email finds you healthy and safe. The past four months have not been easy in any respect. It has been more difficult for some than for others. We pray that you are coping successfully with whatever circumstances you are facing. We are communicating with you today to brief you on the situation at the CSO. You are a valued supporter of the orchestra and its work. We want you to know our thinking regarding the possible resumption of our performance activity.It was with great sorrow that, early last March, we had to cancel the remainder of the 2019-20 season. That decision turned out to be the proper one. At that time it was our hope to return to business as usual in September 2020. However, as the months passed, it became clear that such a hope was unrealistic. We are now in the process of making plans to resume playing beginning in February of 2021. As you might expect, we are also making backup Plans B and C in case February is not possible.
Our absolute primary concern is that we be able to perform in an environment that is safe for our audience and orchestra alike. This would probably include the basic requirements for social distancing, mask-wearing, and whatever other safety measures deemed necessary by you, by the CSO, and by the RiverCenter.
It is our hope that sometime in the fall it will become more clear about what form of resumption our season might take. When we feel comfortable offering this season to you, we hope that you will rejoin us as joyfully as we will perform for you.
The performing arts are in distress everywhere. The seeming unpredictability of the situation certainly complicates the effort to make sound decisions with any degree of certainty. In the meantime, we want you to know that we appreciate your support, that we will work hard to deserve it, and that we will do nothing to compromise the safety of either our audience or our orchestra.
Thank you for your time and kind attention. Be safe…stay well.
P.S. Personally, we can’t start playing soon enough. I can’t get my cats to sing together and my wife isn’t speaking to me.
George Del Gobbo
Music Director and Conductor
CSO UPDATE #1:
Hello again patrons and supporters,
We are sad to announce that the remainder of our 2019-2020 concert season will be rescheduled to next season. As we closely monitor the progress of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), we believe it is in the best interest of our musicians, staff, loyal audiences, and the Columbus community at large to postpone the remainder of our events.
As we previously announced, we will reschedule our Tuesday, March 17th concert with the Columbus Ballet, Carnival of the Animals, and our Saturday, March 28th concert, Firebird & Carmina Burana. We will also reschedule our April 25th concert A Night of Beethoven. All dates are currently being determined and will be announced along with our 2020-2021 Season in the coming weeks.
All concert tickets will still be valid and will be honored at the rescheduled concert dates. Please be patient as we work to contact all of you individually over the next few weeks to best serve your needs. For concerns or questions you may have, please see our additional details listed below.
We appreciate all of your support and patience at this time!
CSO Executive Director
Have questions? Check the FAQ’s below:
Will the remaining 2019-2020 concerts be performed?
At this time, all concerts remaining in the 2019-2020 season will be rescheduled to next season. This includes Carnival of the Animals, Firebird & Carmina Burana, and A Night of Beethoven. Depending on guest artist availability, you might see slight changes in repertoire or soloists.
Will my concert tickets be honored for the rescheduled date?
Yes! Your tickets for Carnival of the Animals, Firebird & Carmina Burana, and A Night of Beethoven will still be valid and will be honored at the rescheduled concert dates next season.
How can I help?
We greatly appreciate all of the help and support from our patrons at this time. For those unable to attend the rescheduled date, consider donating your tickets to the CSO and we will gift those seats to an attending student. Monetary donations are always welcome and can be given online via our website by clicking HERE.
What if I can’t attend the rescheduled concert date?
We apologize for any inconvenience the rescheduling may cause. If you cannot attend the rescheduled dates next season, please consider gifting your tickets to a friend or donating your tickets back to the CSO for a tax-deductible letter and the opportunity to gift your seats to an attending student.
Value exchanges will be made available upon request. We will be contacting all ticket holders personally in the coming weeks to find a solution that works best for you.
Additional questions and concerns should be made to:
CSO Marketing Director and Development Assistant
Kristen Hudson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for your support and patience!