BSO extends program cancellations through May 2; Linde Center events affected

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BOSTON — The Boston Symphony Orchestra is extending its period of performance/event cancellations at Symphony Hall in Boston and at the Linde Center at Tanglewood through Saturday, May 2. Also canceled are the orchestra's planned concerts April 14 and 15 at Carnegie Hall in New York.

Among the Linde Center programs affected by the extended cancellation period are the Tanglewood Festival Chorus' Rachmaninoff All-Night Vigil in honor of the vocal ensemble's 50th anniversary, April 11; a performance by the Martha Graham Dance Company, April 29; an April 5 chamber concert; and programs in the TLI Talks, Cinematics for Families, and TLI Open Forum series.

Orchestra officials said in a news release that the cancellations are being undertaken following updated recommendations about the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

The orchestra will supplant its canceled Symphony Hall programs with a variety of video and audio programs including

- BSO at Home: Listening — Six weeks of daily curated audio offerings available each weekday morning at 10 a.m. through bso.org/athome, starting on Monday

- BSO at Home: Behind the Scenes — Video from previously released BSO productions, including "BSO360" and "Tanglewood Tales," that take viewers on a behind the scenes adventure of the BSO's activities in Boston and at Tanglewood, available through the BSO's YouTube channel or through bso.org/athome

- WCRB 99.5 FM to present two-hour "BSO Encores: Nightly@8," Monday through Saturday evenings, starting Monday, spotlighting favorite Boston Symphony Orchestra live-recorded broadcasts from the past five seasons, including performances under the direction of BSO music director Andris Nelsons

"I sincerely wish everyone in our beloved BSO family the very best as we confront the many challenges posed by the coronavirus and affecting the worldwide community," nelsons said in the news release. "Though I join my BSO colleagues in expressing my disappointment and sadness over having to cancel the rest of the 2019-20 season, I know that it is the right and necessary thing to do our part to keep everyone as safe as possible.

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