It’s disappointing—but hardly surprising—that the Sarasota Orchestra today announced the cancellation of the remainder of its 2019-20 season, along with the Sarasota Music Festival in June, which typically brings students and faculty from all over the country and beyond to Sarasota for three weeks of chamber music concerts.
“The decision to cancel the remainder of the Sarasota Orchestra season and the Sarasota Music Festival was taken with great care,” said president and CEO Joseph McKenna. “Although we are unable to finish our season, we are looking forward and committed to sharing the healing power of music with our community in the future.”
Besides the festival, the May 2-3 Discover Beethoven concerts and the Outdoor Pops concerts, set for May 8 and 9 at Ed Smith Stadium, have also been canceled. Tickets holders may go to sarasotaorchestra.org for information on purchased tickets, or send questions to [email protected].
To maintain a connection to the community during this time, Sarasota Orchestra has launched “Music Moves Us,” a virtual connectivity initiative. Videos and music reside on the orchestra’s website and its Facebook and Instagram pages.
The campaign also includes weekly broadcasts of Sarasota Orchestra concert recordings at 7 p.m. Tuesdays on Classical WSMR 89.1. And the organization is exploring the expansion of “Music Moves Us” to include a presence from Sarasota Music Festival faculty and fellows.