Boston Symphony Orchestra cancels Holiday Pops 2020

Boston Symphony Orchestra cancels Holiday Pops 2020
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BOSTON — In accordance with ongoing COVID-19 precautions across the state, the Boston Symphony Orchestra has decided to cancel both the 2020 Holiday Pops shows and the 2021 winter and spring season, the BSO announced Friday morning.

“With the health and safety of everyone involved the highest priority, BSO to continually monitor updates from the centers for disease control, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and the city of Boston, as well as its own team of experts, to determine when it can gradually start inviting audiences back to Symphony Hall; The timing of this process will not be known for at least several months,” a press release stated.

The orchestra announced it would begin recording special performances at Symphony Hall that would be available online.

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“On behalf of the entire Boston Symphony Orchestra organization, we deeply regret having to cancel the 2020 Holiday Pops series in December and the remaining 2020-21 BSO season through the winter and spring months. Though this news likely doesn’t come as a surprise—since the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact all our personal and professional lives—it is still a major loss for the organization and everyone who appreciates and cherishes the BSO and Boston Pops,” a statement from the organization’s leaders read.

BSO provided the following notes:

BSO’s Hiatus From Live Performances with Audiences Will Continue With Cancellation of Annual Holiday Pops 2020 and Winter/Spring Portion of BSO 2020-21 Season

The Boston Symphony will not be proceeding with its 2020 Holiday Pops season (December 2020) or the winter/spring portion of the BSO 2020-21 season (January-April), as originally planned, due to official COVID-19-related government protocols in place for performing arts organizations and restrictions around the number of people who can gather in indoor spaces. During this ongoing hiatus from the live concert experience, the BSO will continue creating and disseminating newly recorded online content to be made available starting on November 19 and continuing through April 2021. Inspired by the popular and critical acclaim in response to its digital offerings over the last six months, the BSO’s next installment of newly recorded online programming will focus on November and December offerings, details of which will be announced on October 28 (see highlights below).

In addition to details on programming, the October 28 announcement will outline the safety and precautionary measures in place for the musicians and staff working in Symphony Hall during the weekly recording sessions for the new online content. The announcement will also provide details about how to access the newly recorded November/December online content.

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