Over the last several months, we have been working behind-the-scenes to plan an updated 2020-21 Season for you. Throughout this ever changing process, one thing has remained constant: the safety of our musicians, staff, and patrons is of the utmost importance.
Current New York State guidelines limit outdoor concerts to a total gathering size of no more than 50 people and prohibit indoor concerts all together. We do not know when these restrictions will change.
With this in mind, concerts originally scheduled for September, October, and November 2020 will not be presented as planned. This includes all Philharmonics, Pops, Sunday Matinee, and orKIDStra Series performances, as well as Specials.
You may have joined us these last several months for a Living Room Series concert via Facebook and YouTube on Saturday evenings. These concerts were a fantastic way to stay engaged with our patrons when we could not be in the concert hall together. The popularity of this season has led us to offer five streaming concerts this fall! Music Director Ward Stare and Principal Pops Conductor Jeff Tyzik have created Philharmonics and Pops concerts we think you’ll enjoy – from your living room! Tickets for these concerts are $10 per household and will available for purchase September 8, 2020. For concert dates and programming information, click here.
The Specials from Fall 2020, as well as cancelled Specials from the end of the 2019-20 Season, will be rescheduled in an expanded 2021 RPO Outdoor Summer Season. These concerts include: National Geographic’s Symphony for our World, The Little Mermaid – in Concert, Eastman and RPO Present Ben Folds, The Music of John Williams, and Coco – in Concert. Tickets for these concerts will be honored for the new concert dates, which will be announced in April 2021.
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire™ in Concert, originally scheduled for September 18 and 19, 2020 in Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre has been rescheduled for March 12 and 13, 2021 at the same location. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix™ in Concert will be rescheduled for Summer 2021. We fully understand that this is disappointing and inconvenient for ticket holders and hope that audience members will keep their tickets for the newly scheduled performance dates.
It is our hope to offer indoor concerts with socially distanced audiences and orchestra in December 2020, but this will only become possible with further easing of New York State restrictions on indoor concerts. When we are able to begin indoor socially distanced concerts, programs will be 60-75 minutes in length and without intermission. Repertoire will be revised to allow for a smaller socially distanced ensemble on stage. As you plan for the future, we commit to announcing our holiday programming on November 2, 2020 and our plans for January through May 2021 on December 1, 2020.
For those of you who have indicated that you will not be comfortable attending any events with a large audience, we are also working on plans to present live chamber music performances in a variety of smaller venues over the course of the 2020-21 season. We will announce revised concert dates and programming as New York State restrictions allow us to finalize and confirm details.
We understand this is a lot of information. Here’s what you can choose to do next:
- Subscribers and single-ticket patrons who are holding outstanding tickets from March through June 2020 are being asked to either donate the remaining balance to the RPO’s Annual Fund or place the balance on an electronic gift certificate to be used towards concerts and subscriptions moving forward.
- Subscribers to the 2020-21 Season will receive the pro-rated value of their subscription as an electronic gift certificate. This balance can be donated to the RPO’s Annual Fund, used towards streaming performances, future in-person concerts, or a 2021-22 Season subscription.
- During this time when we cannot perform our traditional concert schedule, the Annual Fund is our only revenue source – please help us keep the music playing and consider donating your subscription balance.
- All remaining 2019-20 and 2020-21 balances will be placed on an electronic gift certificate as of September 15, 2020, unless the Patron Services Center is informed otherwise.
If you have a unique situation or questions concerning your concerts and ticket credits, please contact the Patron Services Center. Patron Service Representatives are working remotely Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and can be reached by calling 585-454-2100 or by emailing [email protected].
Your Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra has been a part of our community for nearly 100 years and we are working diligently to continue bringing music to Rochester for at least 100 more. When the music returns – in the concert hall, at a new venue, or online – your seat will be waiting.
Stay healthy and safe,
President and CEO