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Phoenix Symphony cancels remainder of season amid coronavirus spread

Mar 27, 2020, 4:00 PM
(The Phoenix Symphony Photo)...
(The Phoenix Symphony Photo)
(The Phoenix Symphony Photo)

PHOENIX — The Phoenix Symphony has decided to cancel the remainder of its season amid the coronavirus outbreak in the state.

The Valley arts organization announced Friday it was canceling the rest of its 2019-20 season and all performances through June 6 in an effort to combat the spread of COVID-19.

With the cancellation taking effect, the symphony laid off its musicians for the remainder of the season and reduced one-third of its administrative and artistic staff. Remaining personnel are expected to see major salary reductions as well, symphony President and CEO Suzanne Wilson said in a press release.

The organization will continue to provide all benefits for individuals impacted by the reduction, including health, disability and instrument insurances, the release said.

“The goal of these measures is to enable The Phoenix Symphony to build a bridge to the other side of the COVID-19 outbreak. It is our hope and intention that when the organization’s musicians return in September to celebrate Opening Night of the 2020-21 Season, that staff positions will be reinstated,” Wilson said in the release.

“Now more than ever, the Phoenix Symphony’s full attention must be focused on presenting next season, developing fiscally strong plans and re-imagining our future.”

Ticket holders impacted by the cancellations can donate their purchases to the symphony and/or receive credit for future shows.

Those who purchased tickets for “Music of David Bowie” or “The Beatles’ Abbey Road” are advised by the Phoenix Symphony to contact the Mesa Amphitheater.

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Phoenix Symphony cancels remainder of season amid coronavirus spread