It has been incredibly reaffirming to witness music taking on an even more pronounced role in our everyday lives, helping us remain connected to each other, and buoying our spirits. Organizations and musicians alike have been finding creative ways to keep us all engaged in the necessary beauty of art. I certainly find comfort in that as I make the difficult announcement that Princeton University Concerts will be canceling the remainder of the 2019-2020 season. This includes: Performances Up Close with pianist Conrad Tao & tap dancer Caleb Teicher (April 7); the Dover String Quartet Live Music Meditation and Concert (April 16); and the season finale with baritone Matthias Goerne and pianist Jan Lisiecki (April 30).
A decision made in accordance with both University and government policies, this cancelation will help ensure the safety of our local and artistic community in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. Though these social distancing measures are vital, the toll that they have taken on professional musicians who are dependent on freelance work is profound, and will have lasting effects on the classical music industry at large. The team at Princeton University Concerts is working hard to mitigate these effects both in the short and long-term. We are working to honor financial commitments to artists whose concerts have been canceled, and providing additional paid opportunities for remote engagement with our community—stay tuned for these new initiatives!
We are also dedicated to honoring our commitment to you, our loyal patrons. Ticket refunds will be issued automatically to the original form of payment. For anyone who is able to, we are also providing the option of donating your tickets as a tax-deductible contribution to directly support our artists during this difficult time. We are so grateful for, and touched by, your help and encouragement.
I hope that you, too, have been feeling music’s bottomless capacity for hope and joy. And although we are bringing our season to a premature close, we are all the more excited for all of the music that awaits us in future. We can’t wait to share what next season holds in store with you!
In the meantime, stay healthy, stay hopeful, and stay listening!
With sincere affection,
As many of you might know, Princeton University has issued a series of precautionary measures in response to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak in order to facilitate and encourage social distancing practices through April 5, 2020. For Princeton University Concerts, an organization whose mission it is to connect people through live performance, the impact of this policy is substantial. While we continue to thoroughly explore options, the health and safety of our community remains our priority. To that end, Princeton University Concerts is canceling three concerts through April 5: Orli Shaham’s Bach Yard (March 14), Mahler Chamber Orchestra with Mitsuko Uchida (March 26), and Benjamin Beilman with Andrew Tyson (April 2). Once the University reassesses its policies in the coming weeks, we will issue further announcements about the remainder of our season. We share your disappointment, and thank you for your understanding as we all do our part in protecting and supporting one another in these unsettling times.
We do, however, have every reason to stay positive. We are confident that music will continue to bring us together before long. Music’s power to heal, comfort, and reinvigorate is more apparent now than ever—and as we step back from our daily routines, we can all use a moment to enjoy and listen. Please stay tuned for some exciting surprises in store, as we adapt and brainstorm creative ways to connect you to our artists remotely and explore rescheduling possibilities.
In the meantime, we will be in touch with current ticketholders separately regarding ticket refund and donation options. As cancelations of performances and gatherings become more widespread in the wake of COVID-19, the financial impact on artists and presenters around the world is becoming a harsh reality. We hope that you might support our mission during this difficult time, and please consider donating your ticket(s) as a tax-deductible gift to Princeton University Concerts. We are committed to ensuring that we can continue to enjoy world-class performers at ticket prices that are merely a fraction of the actual cost of the performances and are grateful for your help preserving this integral part of our mission.
We are in our 126th year of music making, and chamber music continues to thrive and form our personal histories. This too shall pass!
Stay healthy everyone, and see how many classical tunes you can sing during your 20-second hand washing!
With sincere affection,