Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra has announced the cancellation of all performances through September 17th. In a Facebook post on their page, ISO announced this disappointing news to their nearly 36,000 followers. This will affect the super popular summer concert series, Symphony on the Prairie, which takes place at Conner Prairie. Last year 123,276 people attended Kroger Symphony on the Prairie.
Symphony on the Prairie Canceled for 2020 Season
The Facebook post said: “In keeping with precautionary guidelines necessitated by the COVID-19 outbreak, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra announces the difficult decision to cancel performances through September 17, 2020. This latest cancellation affects the last three Hilbert Circle Theatre concerts of the 2019-20 Lilly Classical Series and Printing Partners Pops Series, the full Kroger Symphony on the Prairie season, the Fifth Third Bank Lunch Break Series, and all other special performances.Due to ongoing social distancing recommendations and crowd size regulations from local, state and federal authorities, the ISO anticipates it will be several months before musicians and patrons can safely gather for concerts in reasonable numbers. Even if concert restrictions are lifted mid-summer in the state’s reopening plan, the remaining guidelines combined with the infrastructure required for producing Symphony on the Prairie is so complex that presenting a partial season is not financially feasible…”
Ticket Refunds for Symphony on the Prairie
While an outright refund for advance ticket purchases is not being offered, there are three options available, including donating the value of the ticket to support a cultural organization that has been hit hard the past few months and has many more months ahead of difficult times. The ticket/membership donation option has been an offer that many local museums have asked donors to consider. In addition, the Symphony has said that if you have purchased a Value Pack for the 2020 Kroger Symphony on the Prairie season, you may participate in a Value Pack Voucher Exchange: Symphony on the Prairie Value Pack holders may exchange their current Value Pack for 10 ticket vouchers to the 2021 40th season of Symphony on the Prairie performances. Another option is the Value Pack Gift Certificate: Symphony on the Prairie Value Pack holders may exchange their current Value Pack for a gift certificate, which is good through August 2021. This gift certificate can be applied to any ISO performances throughout the season. Find more info about refunds.
More Summer Concert Series and Festival Cancellations on the Horizon
As we learn more about the spread of COVID-19 and the precautions required to hold such large events, we can expect to see that the financial feasibility of concerts and festivals may not be there. In addition, with a financially strapped economy, it will be more and more difficult for organizations to find the financial partners and supporters that they’ve relied on to subsidize event costs.