CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – As the necessary actions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 have become more apparent over the past week, Orchestra Iowa will heed the advice of the CDC and indefinitely postpone all Orchestra Iowa and Opus Concert Café performances and events through May 8, 2020.
The health and safety of our audience members, musicians, school families and staff remain our top priority as we continue to pursue our mission to foster enjoyment of, and support for fine symphonic music. In the meantime, we are working to secure new dates for the affected performances which will be communicated if and when they become available.
“Orchestra Iowa is committed to the health and safety of our audiences, musicians and staff,” said Jeff Collier, CEO of Orchestra Iowa. “While we pause the presentation of live performances to allow the pandemic situation to fully subside, we enthusiastically await the time when we can gather our community back together and celebrate the joy of music with our Orchestra Iowa family.”
Patrons who have already purchased tickets to cancelled performances will be contacted by the Orchestra Iowa Ticket Office to discuss options.
The following performances and events are impacted as of March 18, and this list is subject to change:
oCovalent Bloom, Opus Concert Café, March 27-29 – Indefinitely postponed
oFirst Friday Jazz: Confluence, Opus Concert Café, April 3 – Cancelled
oMozart’s Requiem, Paramount Theatre, April 4 – Indefinitely postponed
oNow Hear This, Opus Concert Café, April 7 – Cancelled
oFirst Friday Jazz: Mike Conrad Trio, Opus Concert Café, May 1 – Indefinitely postponed
oNow Hear This, Opus Concert Café, May 5 - Cancelled
·Kids’ & Youth Programming
oDiscovery Chorus Concert, April 5 – Cancelled
oSpring Youth Concerts, April 6 – Cancelled
oPied Piper Woodwinds Concerts, April 16-18 – Indefinitely postponed
oDiscovery Day at Johnson STEAM Academy, May 1 – As scheduled
oPied Piper Brass Concerts, May 7-9 – Indefinitely postponed
oOrchestra Iowa School Recital, May 9 – As scheduled
About Orchestra Iowa
Founded in 1923, Orchestra Iowa is widely recognized as the state’s premier symphony orchestra. The Orchestra’s mission is to foster enjoyment of, and support for fine symphonic music through quality performances, education and community involvement. Under the direction of Timothy Hankewich, having just completed his eighth season as Music Director, its 68 professional musicians perform more than 180 public performances throughout the year, many of which can be heard on Iowa Public Radio and seen on Iowa Public Television. Orchestra Iowa showcases its artistic excellence each season through an accomplished array of classical, ballet, opera, popular and chamber performances, in addition to extensive community education and involvement.