Boston Symphony Orchestra drops remaining March events in Symphony Hall, Tanglewood's Linde Center

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BOSTON — The Boston Symphony Orchestra is canceling all March public events, including concerts at Symphony Hall in Boston and programs at the Linde Center at Tanglewood in Lenox due to concerns over the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

Cancellations also include programs in the Celebrity Series of Boston and Boston Speaker Series.

In a news release Thursday, BSO officials said the BSO will be in regular communication with updates about Symphony Hall's performance and event schedule, "as it is unclear at the present time when the Hall will reopen and return to its normal operations."

The news release says that the decision to cancel performances has been influenced by recommendations in general from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO), City of Boston, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, ongoing official news reports, and "an abundance of concern for what the organization can do to best ensure the well-being of everyone in the BSO community."

The BSO is exploring the possibility of periodically sharing performance video — including archival video releases — with all its patrons during this period of time when Symphony Hall will be closed.

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"The Boston Symphony Orchestra's decision to cancel all Symphony Hall and Linde Center performances over the next two weeks had to be made out of our utmost concern for the safety and well-being of the BSO community at large," said Mark Volpe, BSO President and CEO.

"We encourage everyone in our music community and beyond to follow all health recommendations of the CDC, WHO, the City of Boston, and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts concerning COVID-19, and to take great care of themselves to stay healthy and avoid contact with the virus.

"This is no doubt a difficult time for the citizens of Boston, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the country, and the world at large. We all look forward to the not-so-distant future when we return to concertgoing as one of the many things we so cherish about our lives beyond this health challenge," Volpe said.

While refunds will be issued ticketholders to all BSO programs during the two-week period, patrons also are being asked to consider ticket exchanges or a donation in the amount of the ticket purchased (and receive a tax deduction for the total ticket value).

For further information about ticket accommodations or to request further information about the concert cancellations, patrons can contact the BSO's customer service department at customerservice@bso.org or call 617-266-1200.

The Symphony Hall and Tanglewood box offices, as well as Symphony Charge (617-266-1200), will remain open during this period of concert cancellations.


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