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The Portland Symphony Orchestra canceled its concerts through June due to coronavirus concerns and asked ticket-holders to donate the price of their tickets to the orchestra as a donation, the Portland Press Herald reports.
In all, the PSO has canceled 15 concerts since the pandemic began. PSO Executive Director Carolyn Nishon announced the new round of cancellations following updated guidelines from the governor’s office regarding physical distancing.
“Through all of this, we have been heartened and inspired by the support and resilience of our community and are confident we can navigate these challenges together. Until we see each other again, stay safe and be well,” Nishon wrote in an email to the orchestra community.
During the pandemic, the PSO has used its digital tools to engage with its audience and, on May 14, will host what it is calling its “Solo Together Un-Gala” to replace its annual fundraising wine dinner. The online auction will include performances by PSO musicians and commentary from Music Director Eckart Preu. The PSO is asking for donations of $50 per person or $100 per couple.
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