Orchestra shows disrupted

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Postponements . . . The Dunedin Symphony Orchestra, pictured during last year's performance with Michael Houstoun, will postpone concerts in April and May in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. PHOTO: DSO/PIETER DU PLESSIS

The Dunedin Symphony Orchestra will postpone the first two concerts in its 2020 season, in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Orchestra general manager Philippa Harris said the orchestra had made the move following the Government’s directive banning public events of 500 or more people, and out of concern for the health of audiences.

The Dunedin Symphony Orchestra’s “International Series” concerts on April 4 (Music Masters Beethoven and Stravinsky) and May 2 Beethoven’s Third Piano Concerto Birthday Celebrations) will be postponed until September and October this year.

These concerts will replace the Beethoven’s Big Birthday Bashconcert on September 19, and the Halloween Concert on October 31.

The DSO would look into how to present those projects on other dates instead, possibly in different formats, Ms Harris said.

It intended to keep the April 4 and May 2 artists and repertoire intact as far as was possible, but its ability to do that would depend on the availability of those artists.

Once conductors and soloists were finalised, the orchestra would be able to advise who the artists were and what the repertoire would be for the September 19 and October 31 dates.

At that point, the DSO would contact International Series and Flexi-Ticket subscribers and sponsors to discuss the next steps.

Regarding future concerts, the DSO would be monitoring developments, Ms Harris said.

In particular, regarding the first Matinee Series performances on Saturday and Sunday, June 6 and 7, a decision as to whether or not these can proceed as planned would be announced on or before Friday, May 8.

Any further updates or changes will be communicated to the orchestras artists, stakeholders, and audiences and posted on the DSO website www.dso.org.nz, or facebook page.

“We appreciate your understanding and support in these unprecedented times.”