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ISO cancels all summer performances

The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra is canceling summer performances through Sept. 17.
Symphony on the Prairie performance in July, 2017. (WTHR Staff)

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) — The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra is canceling summer performances through Sept. 17.

The cancellation includes 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.

ISO said that even if the remaining COVID-19 guidelines are lifted by the state mid-summer, a partial season is not "fiscally feasible."

“Our team has worked tirelessly throughout the year to plan a summer filled with engaging orchestral programs and vibrant touring acts,” said CEO James Johnson. “It is disappointing that we won’t be able to share these experiences with our community this year, but the safety of our musicians, staff, and patrons comes before all else.”

Concerts and series included in the cancellation are:

  • Five Beethoven Concertos. Two Pianists. One Weekend. – May 28-31
  • Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis – June 5-6
  • Mandy Gonzalez with the ISO – June 12-13
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens in Concert – June 27
  • Disney in Concert: Beauty and the Beast – July 17-18
  • All Kroger Symphony on the Prairie performances
  • All Fifth Third Bank Lunch Break Series performances

Patrons with tickets for canceled performances have several options, including:

  • Ticket donation: Please consider a tax-deductible donation of the value of your ISO tickets. Your generous support is appreciated, as it allows the ISO to continue fulfilling our mission during these challenging times.
  • Exchange: Hilbert Circle Theatre ticket buyers may exchange tickets for a gift certificate to be used for a future ISO ticket purchase or apply the value toward a subscription for the 2021 season.
  • 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.
  • Value Pack Gift Certificate: Symphony on the Prairie Value Pack holders may exchange their current Value Pack for a gift certificate, which can be applied to any ISO performances through August 31, 2021.

Ticketholders can email the ISO box office at iso@indianapolissymphony.org by August 1, 2020, to determine what option they want to take with their tickets.

The ISO is already working to schedule some of the artists for next year's season.

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