The San Antonio Symphony (SAS) announces that its 2020/21 season programs originally scheduled to take place beginning September 25, 2020 through January 31, 2021, have been cancelled. To reach this decision, the SAS evaluated the rapidly evolving conditions related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the current safety guidelines from public health officials, and patron feedback on their comfort level in returning to live concerts in the fall. With the suspension of concert activity also comes the temporary furlough of five full time administrative staff members effective Monday, July 20 through August 31, 2020. The Symphony is exploring the opportunity of rescheduling the cancelled programs between February and June 2021 and will continue pursuing ideas for presenting smaller-scale live and online performances this fall. More information will be available in August.
“The COVID-19 pandemic and its related limitations on large gatherings and our priority to ensure the health and safety of our patrons, musicians, and staff, guided our decision that it was not possible to move forward with the concert programs originally planned for September through January,” said Symphony Executive Director Corey Cowart. “We conducted a patron survey in early July which showed that less than 30% of our audience is comfortable returning to live concerts this fall. While we will continue to work with our musicians and make plans for smaller-scale offerings, we are also eager for the day when we can return to the stage in force and again share music with live audiences. We will match our return to the stage with the health and healing of our community, and right now our best prediction is in late winter.”
The SAS will continue to post smaller-scale video content on social media and via email newsletter. The SAS will also broadcast concerts from their 2019/20 Season on TPR Classical every Saturday night at 7pm for the next 6 weeks hosted by San Antonio’s own Ricardo Chavira. These radio concerts can be heard on KPAC 88.3 FM, KTXI 90.1 FM, and at TPR.org during the broadcast.
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At this time, patrons holding tickets to canceled concerts will automatically have the value of their tickets held on their account. Ticket holders will have the option keep their tickets for rescheduled concerts, receive a flexible ticket credit, donate their tickets back to continue to support the Symphony, or request a refund.
Patron Services representatives are available to review these options by calling 210-554-1051 (Monday–Friday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.) or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Please be aware that due to high volumes of calls and emails and as SAS staff is working remotely, response times may be affected.
Additional information and updates for SAS patrons is available at sasymphony.org/updates