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Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra suspends 2020-21 indoor concert season

The ISO and the Orchestra Committee, which represents the symphony's musicians, released a joint statement announcing the decision Friday afternoon.
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INDIANAPOLIS — The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra has suspended its upcoming indoor season due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The ISO and the Orchestra Committee, which represents the symphony's musicians, released a joint statement announcing the decision Friday afternoon.

“While our mutual desire is to return world-class music to a city that has been upended by the events of the last few months, we recognize the challenges presented to the ISO by the pandemic and unforeseen economic pressures. For those reasons, the 2020-21 indoor season will not go on as planned," the statement read.

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The symphony and its musicians said they are trying to find ways to connect with patrons and, if conditions allow, return to performing. There are also discussions about supporting the musicians during the cancellation, including providing health care to the performers and their families.

"The pandemic only heightens our shared resolve to assure the ISO is positioned to provide the most transformational and impactful programs for our community," the statement read.

The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra had previously suspended all performances through September 17, 2020 and was scheduled to return on September 18. Earlier this month, ISO announced that it was delaying the sale of tickets for the 2020-21 indoor season until they knew what the schedule might look like, based on local, state and federal guidance regarding the pandemic.