Cleveland Orchestra cancels two weekend concerts after performer tests positive for COVID-19

The Cleveland Orchestra canceled two concerts over the weekend after an artist tested positive for COVID-19.

Saturday night’s concert was canceled hours before the performance of “Pictures at an Exhibition” due to a “possible case of COVID in the orchestra,” according to a post the orchestra posted on its website and on Twitter. At the time, the orchestra intended to continue its Sunday afternoon performance.

On Sunday, however, the Orchestra released news of a second cancellation.

“The Cleveland Orchestra regrets having to cancel its photos of November 14 during an exhibition concert in Severance”, one can read. “This cancellation is due to a positive COVID case in the Orchestra.”

A spokesperson for the orchestra told Ideastream Public Media that the situation was being assessed and the orchestra was following protocols it had developed in consultation with the Cleveland Clinic to test and quarantine those in. those who were in close contact with the artist who tested positive.

The Severance Music Center reopened for live concerts last month after being closed for a year and a half. From now on, the Cleveland Youth Orchestra performance scheduled for Sunday, November 21 will go as planned, as will the orchestra’s concerts scheduled for November 26 and 27 in Severance.

Ticket holders for canceled shows will be contacted by email to choose between requesting a refund, exchanging tickets for a future concert, or donating the cost of tickets to the orchestra.

For those attending concerts, proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of a performance is required. Customers must also wear face masks.

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