With the health and safety of our audiences, our musicians, our staff and our community in mind, and in close consultation with a team of medical experts, we’ve made the difficult decision to cancel all SPCO concerts from September–December 2020.
While it is disappointing that we cannot gather with our audience for live performances this fall, we will continue to share the orchestra and the music digitally during this time. Our Concert Library, which includes recordings of 62 concerts and 122 compositions, will continue to be available free of charge.
We will also be presenting six full-length digital concerts broadcasted live in high-definition streaming video from the Ordway Concert Hall. In addition to the live-streamed performances, these digital concerts will also include bonus video content — featuring personal interviews with SPCO musicians and other behind-the-scenes content. The stunningly clear audio and crisp, high-quality video provides an intimate experience of these newly recorded dynamic, distinctive and engaging SPCO performances.
In addition to the series of new digital concerts, we are excited to share four special “encore broadcasts” featuring music from past concerts with new surprises, including our first-ever New Year’s Eve stream. As always, even more performances are available for viewing anytime in our free on-demand collection. Our digital offerings are available to everyone, and always free of charge.
There is great uncertainty as to what the winter will bring, but we hope that our concerts can resume with in-person audiences in early 2021. For now our concerts from January–June 2021 are planned to go on as scheduled, but we will continue to work with medical consultants and follow recommendations from the Minnesota Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as we plan for a return to concerts with in-person audiences whenever it is safe to do so. Tickets for concerts in 2021 will go on sale closer to January and we will communicate with our audience and patrons if any further concert cancellations become necessary.
With your support, the SPCO will get to the other side of this crisis. And on the other side we will again gather to hear wonderful music by our amazing orchestra. We also will continue to pursue, with even greater determination, our vision of a great orchestra for everyone in the community.
Thank you for your unwavering support of the SPCO
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION FOR TICKET HOLDERS
The cancellation of concerts due to the COVID-19 pandemic represents a significant economic challenge for the SPCO, and we need your help to keep the orchestra healthy so we can continue to serve our community. As a ticket holder to a canceled concert, you have the opportunity to help us in a meaningful way by turning back your tickets and parking passes as a tax-deductible contribution to the SPCO. By doing so, you will be providing vital support critical for ensuring that the SPCO can weather this historic crisis and emerge healthy and poised to continue serving our community.
Please note that tickets obtained for free or as part of an SPCO Concert Membership have no set value and cannot be considered a tax-deductible contribution.
If you are unable or do not wish to turn back your tickets as a donation at this time, the value of your tickets will automatically be banked in your account and can be used to purchase tickets this spring or in the following concert season. Alternatively, you may also request to have the value of your tickets or parking passes refunded. If you would like a refund, please contact our Ticket Office at 651.291.1144 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. The SPCO offices are currently closed and all staff members are working remotely, including Ticket Office staff. Ticket Office hours are Monday through Friday, 12pm–5pm.
Please note: Printed tickets for the 2020.21 season have not yet been mailed. If we are able to continue with concerts as planned in 2021, tickets will be sent out approximately one month before your scheduled concert. If you are uncertain as to what concerts you have tickets for this season, a complete listing of your concerts and seats can be viewed in your account at thespco.org. To access your online account, click on “My Account” in the upper right hand corner of the page. Sign in using your username and password. Then, click on “Events and Tickets” for a complete listing of your concerts and seats by date. If you have questions or concerns, please contact our Ticket Office.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION FOR CONCERT MEMBERS
The SPCO is deeply committed to accessibility and inclusion, so we created our Concert Membership program as the most flexible and affordable way for members of our community to attend SPCO performances. The Concert Membership program is also an important source of sustainable ticket revenue for the SPCO. The cancellation of concerts due to the COVID-19 pandemic represents a significant economic challenge for the SPCO, and we need your help to keep the orchestra healthy so we can continue to serve our community. As a Concert Member, you have the opportunity to help us in a meaningful way by continuing to pay your monthly Concert Membership fee during this time, if you are able. However, because we are not able to hold concerts with in-person audiences through the end of December, we will forgo monthly Concert Membership fees for these months, if requested. To request a temporary suspension of your recurring Concert Membership payments for these months, please contact our Ticket Office at 651.291.1144 or by email at email@example.com. Ticket Office hours are Monday through Friday, 12pm–5pm. If you are not requesting a temporary suspension of payment, no action is needed, and your recurring Concert Membership payment will continue as usual. Thank you for supporting the SPCO in this way!
SUPPORT THE SPCO
Everything we do is made possible by the generous support of our community. In fact, contributions from audience members are our largest and most sustainable source of support. By making a gift to the SPCO’s Annual Fund, you can help ensure that the SPCO can continue to serve our community during this crisis and beyond.
Gifts of all sizes make a difference! You can make a one-time contribution or become a Sustainer with a recurring monthly gift.
We know that giving in this uncertain time is especially challenging and there are so many needs in our community, and so your support is doubly appreciated.