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Pacific Symphony Postpones 2020-21 Season

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Pacific Symphony said it has postponed its upcoming season due to the coronavirus.

“We believe postponing is the most responsible option to assure your safety, and it provides the most flexibility for us to deliver live performances when they are permitted,” Chief Executive John Forsyte and Music Director Carl St. Clair said in an email.

It plans to hold some virtual and live events.

The season was scheduled to start Sept. 24 with Tchaikovsky’s Fifth and end June 13 with Mozart’s Requiem.

The symphony is now aiming to restart in the 2021-22 season, with many of the same guest artists promised for the 2020-21 season.

“To prepare for a return to the stage for recordings and live performances, we are working with leading epidemiologists from the University of California- Irvine to develop protocols assuring the health and safety of our musicians and audience,” they said.

The symphony said all ticket donations will be matched dollar-for-dollar by board member Charlie Zhang and his wife Ling.

“Our entire business model has been turned upside down” by the pandemic, Forsyte told the Business Journal in an article published last May. “I’m very confident we can survive.”

Peter J. Brennan
Peter J. Brennan
Peter J. Brennan has been a journalist for 40 years. He spent a decade in Latin America covering wars, narcotic traffickers, earthquakes, and business. His resume includes 15 years at Bloomberg News where his headlines and articles sometimes moved the market caps of companies he covered by hundreds of millions of dollars. His articles have been published worldwide, including the New York Times and the Washington Post; he's appeared on CNN, CBC, BBC, and Bloomberg TV. He was awarded a Kiplinger Fellowship at The Ohio State University.

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