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Monday, June 01, 2020
In an effort to keep our patrons, musicians, and staff healthy and safe, and to do our part to slow the spread of the coronavirus—We have made the difficult decision to cancel the remainder of our Delaware Symphony Orchestra season.
We too were looking forward to wonderful concerts at the Grand, the Gold Ballroom, and Lewes. We were filled with anticipation to play The Planets, Schubert’s Octet, play for thousands of kids in our Explorer concerts, and finish the season with Beethoven’s ultimate testament to triumph over adversity—a hymn to the power of the human spirit—his 9th Symphony. And how we need that affirmation now more than ever.
Not only does this crisis deprive us of all of the music we need most right now, but it is also having a dire impact on the soul of our institution—our musicians—whose spring season with the DSO, and other orchestras, has suddenly vanished, putting many in fragile circumstances.
A robust fundraising effort is still underway to raise sufficient new gifts to allow us to cover all or most of what our musicians would have been paid had these concerts not been canceled. Through the generosity of our patrons and the community, we have been able to raise the majority of the funds needed to complete our obligations to our musicians!
In the midst of this crisis, we have been busy planning a wonderful 2020-2021 season and I look forward to sharing that news with you very soon.
We want to thank you for your patience and support through this difficult time.
To our subscribers and ticket holders:
You can help us by donating the value of your tickets back to the Delaware Symphony Orchestra!
We hope you’ll consider joining the growing list of subscribers who have already done so to help us keep our musicians and the DSO going through this crisis.
In the coming days, our staff and volunteers will be reaching out to you. They’ll be able to answer any questions you might have. In the meantime, check your email inboxes for an email sent to you with instructions on how to donate!
If you are not a season subscriber, a single-ticket holder, or want to make an additional contribution to your symphony orchestra, you can help by contributing via our website’s DONATE page.