Detroit, (January 6, 2022) –The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) today announced that this month’s scheduled tour to Florida has been postponed due to the recent surge in COVID-19 cases across the country. The tour will be rescheduled for a future season.
Next week’s concert in Detroit will take place as scheduled on Wednesday, January 12 at 7:30 p.m. at Orchestra Hall with Music Director Jader Bignamini conducting Rossini’s William Tell Overture, Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition (orchestrated by Ravel), and Dvořák’s Concerto for Cello and Orchestra in B minor with guest soloist Joshua Roman. The stand-alone program, which was to have been the tour’s send-off concert, will be streamed for free on dso.org and Facebook as part of the DSO’s Live from Orchestra Hall series.
“Protecting the health and safety of our patrons, musicians, staff, and stage crew has been our top priority since the start of the pandemic,” said DSO President and CEO Erik Rönmark. “While we are disappointed that we will not be able to perform this month for community partners and audiences in West Palm Beach, Miami, Gainesville, and Sarasota, we know that this is the responsible decision for the orchestra at this time.”
“I am very sad to not have the opportunity to demonstrate the incredible musicianship of the DSO to our friends in Florida this month but protecting the health of our DSO family is so important,” said DSO Music Director Jader Bignamini. “Touring is vital to orchestras as outstanding as ours, and I look forward to future opportunities to bring the DSO to audiences in Florida and around the world.”
“As much as we would like to go, DSO musicians completely understand this difficult decision and look forward to performing for audiences in Florida in the future,” said DSO Assistant Principal Cello and Orchestra Committee Chair Abe Feder.
Tickets for the January 12 performance start at $15 and can be purchased at dso.org or by calling the Box Office at 313.576.5111, open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. To protect the health and well-being of our patrons, musicians, and staff, our safety policies include mask and vaccine or test requirements for all guests and contactless e-ticketing. Visit dso.org/safetyplan for more information.
The DSO remains humbled by the generosity of tour sponsors and grateful for their partnership. Florida Tour presenters include The Marjorie S. Fisher Fund and the William Davidson Foundation; with additional support from: Penny & Harold Blumenstein, Burns & Wilcox Ltd, The Clinton Family Fund, Joanne Danto & Arnold Weingarden, The John S. & James L. Knight Foundation, PNC Bank, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, Ellie & Bernard Robertson, Martie & Bob Sachs, and Nancy & Arn Tellem.
The title sponsor of the DSO’s Classical Series is PVS Chemicals, Inc. DSO Live is presented by Ford Motor Company Fund and made possible by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Digital programming is produced from the Al Glancy Control Room.