CLEVELAND — It’s going to be a quiet summer without the entertainment from Cleveland’s renowned orchestra. On Friday, the Cleveland Orchestra announced the cancelation of all scheduled performances this summer in July, August and September, which includes the orchestra’s 2020 Blossom Musical Festival and the Summers@Severance series at Severance Hall.
The cancellation of all summer events, including the annual free “Star Spangled Spectaular,” comes after consideration for the safety all staff, audiences and musicians due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“The decision to cancel our summer concerts was very painful to make, but it is being driven by an abundance of concern for the safety and health of our musicians, audiences, and staff. It is our hope that all performing arts organizations, in both the for-profit and nonprofit parts of the industry, will be able to resume operations sooner rather than later,” said Andre Gremillet, president and CEO of The Cleveland Orchestra, in a news release.
For The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring and Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets ticket holders, the performances will be rescheduled into the 2021 season. New tickets and parking passes will be issued at a later date.
For Summers@Severance and Blossom ticket holders, the following options are being offered:
· Donate your tickets. If you are able to, please consider donating your tickets to The Cleveland Orchestra and receive a tax deduction for the total ticket value. This option will help most in efforts to help fortify the Orchestra’s finances in this period of uncertainty. Ticket donations can be made at: clevelandorchestra.com/donatetickets [clevelandorchestra.com]. Thank you in advance for your generosity.
· Exchange your tickets for a gift certificate for 110% of the value of your purchase, which can be used at any time in the future, including as payment toward your 2020-21 Season subscription.
· Receive a refund for the value of the ticket.
· Subscribers can rollover their subscription to the 2021 season, plus receive an additional $25 gift certificate to use at any time.
To reach a member of our ticket office staff, ticketholders can send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call and leave a message on the ticket office voicemail at 216-231-1111 and we will respond to each inquiry as quickly as possible.