Statement from the Cape Ann Symphony
Friday, September 11, 2020
We are sorry to have to announce that your Cape Ann Symphony will not be presenting any full orchestra concerts through December 2020.
We have had to reach this conclusion for several reasons:
- Our venue at Manchester Essex Regional High School is unable to confirm any likelihood of being able to host us during this time. The same is true for the Ipswich High School where we have preformed several times.
- We have been unable to locate any other venue which might be large enough to host an orchestra of 50 to 70 musicians.
- It is unlikely that our audiences would be willing to congregate in an indoor auditorium given the need for proper social distancing and a requirement for all attendees to wear masks.
- It also is unlikely that Massachusetts will allow the congregation of any group larger than 25 any time soon.
The uncertain course of the pandemic has resulted in the inability of state and federal authorities to provide any sense of direction as to how to plan for the future, which has made it impossible for us to make a meaningful prediction as to when we might hope to resume our subscription events. We had hoped we might be able to resume in the spring of 2021. But, unless a major change in the direction of how this pandemic is dealt with comes about that seems unlikely as of this writing.
There is reason for joy.
So please stay tuned.
We are working on presenting virtual concerts employing Cape Ann Symphony musicians in various ensembles. We are in the early stages of planning so please watch for an announcement.