Symphony Central Coast (SCC) Artistic Director, Dr Stephen Stanke, has described the recent mass cancellation of live music events in wake of the Coronavirus an “unprecedented time of crisis”, whilst announcing the cancellation of SCC’s upcoming River Mountain Sky concert.
Due to take place on April 5, Dr Stanke said the decision had been made in compliance with the recommendation of social distancing action by the government and health authorities.
“SCC is committed to ensuring the health and well-being of all patrons and musicians and this was a very difficult and disappointing decision to make,” Dr Stanke said.
“SCC is working hard to ensure that we are doing all we can to mitigate the impact on the orchestra and our community and to ensure that our long term survival and position as one of the Central Coast’s most important cultural organisations is sustained.
“This is an unprecedented time of crisis for live music, so we ask any ticket holders to consider a donation to the orchestra in lieu of a refund.
“Everyone who has purchased a ticket for this concert or a subscription, will be contacted over the coming days to discuss the options.
“We trust that life will return to normal at some point and we can get back to doing what we love doing, which is providing you with a diverse range of live symphonic music and showcasing brilliant soloists right here on the Central Coast,” Dr Stanke said.
Dr Stanke said SCC was now reviewing the remainder of its program for this year and would advise of any developments as they unfold.
Press release, Mar 18
Dr Stephen Stanke, Symphony Central Coast