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Christchurch Symphony Orchestra announce COVID-19 updates

Monday 23 March 2020

Christchurch Symphony Orchestra announce COVID-19 updates

Due to the Government's advice regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, Christchurch Symphony Orchestra has cancelled and postponed some of their 'CSO 2020 Season' events.

Their official statement reads like this:

"Kia ora,

The CSO places the health and safety of our audience, players and staff at the utmost importance and following the Government's announcement regarding mass gatherings we have reviewed all our upcoming concerts and events.

We are endeavoring, wherever possible, to retain as much of our 2020 season as we possibly can. However, we have inevitably had to make the decision to cancel some of our concerts and events.

Cancellations:
- Beethoven Banquet - 9 May
- Lamb & Hayward Masterworks: Joyful Sound - 29 August (please note that Mozart's Clarinet Concerto, which was due to be performed in this concert by David McGregor, will now be performed on 29 August in the Beethoven 250 concert)
- Lamb & Hayward Masterworks: French Fantasy - 19 September
- CSO Presents: A Festive Christmas - 19 December

Postponements:
- Lamb & Hayward Masterworks: Houstoun Plays Brahms, from 16 May to 3 October
- CSO Presents: Jurassic Park from 6 June to 19 December
- Lamb & Hayward Masterworks: Beethoven 250 from 27 June to 29 August

No changes:
- All three Studio Series concerts
- CSO Presents: Tūmahana: Exchange - 8 August (Ticketed) & 10 August (Schools' concert)
- CSO Presents: Ōtautahi Proud - 11 September
- CSO Presents: Last Night of the Proms - 31 October
- Lamb & Hayward Masterworks: American Rhythm - 7 November

We're disappointed not to be able to continue with the full season, but we do hope you understand the circumstances during which this decision was made. As an orchestra, we rely on ticket sales and the prospect of cancelling multiple shows will affect everyone significantly.

We are monitoring the situation very carefully and if we need amend this again, we will let you know as soon as possible.

To all our ticket-holders, thank you so much for purchasing tickets for these events. We're disappointed not to be able to continue with some of them, but we do hope you understand the circumstances during which this decision was made. As an orchestra, we rely on ticket sales and the prospect of cancelling multiple events will affect everyone significantly. We will be getting in touch with people who have tickets to the cancelled concerts very shortly regarding refunds or donating the cost of your tickets back to the CSO as a tax-deductible donation.

In the meantime, if you are unable to attend a rescheduled concert to which you have tickets or have questions an would like to speak with someone at the CSO, please do let us know by emailing marketing@cso.co.nz or phoning 03 943 7791 and we can help with alternative arrangements.

This is a challenging time for everyone. Stay safe and we look forward to meeting again soon at a CSO event."

Ngā mihi,
Gretchen La Roche
CEO

Source: Christchurch Symphony Orchestra website