FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 10, 2022
REGINA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA POSTPONES CONCERTS IN JANUARY AND FEBRUARY
REGINA, SK – In the interest of public health in Regina, and in consideration for the well-being of the general public, patrons, staff, the artists of the orchestra, and guest performers travelling to the area for concerts, the Regina Symphony Orchestra (RSO) regretfully announces the cancellation of all planned performances through mid-February, effective immediately. In taking these measures, the RSO is following the counsel of Dr. Saqib Shahab and the Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA), based on public health concerns with respect to large gatherings and organized events.
The following performances are now postponed:
- January 15 – An Evening of Pink Floyd, Pops series
- January 23 – Canada Life Family Series, A Nighttime Story
- January 29 – New Year, New Music, Chamber at Government House series
- February 5 – Corelli & Telemann, Baroque series
- February 12 – Sarah Slean: The Music of Joni Mitchell, Pops series
The Beethoven Symphony No. 9 performance that was scheduled for January 22 has been moved to May 14, 2022 at the Conexus Arts Centre as the new season finale for the Classics Series.
The RSO will be working to reschedule performances where possible. The Box Office team will be contacting ticket holders with options, including reissuing tickets for a rescheduled or other upcoming concert, turning the tickets in to credits to be redeemed in the future, or refunds. The value of tickets can also be donated to the RSO to receive a charitable tax receipt.
After cancelling shows in 2020, and for most of 2021, the RSO resumed in-person performances in July 2021, continuing safely until December 18 with performances at five venues in Regina. The concerts were carried out using carefully developed safety protocols meeting or exceeding recommendations by the SHA. It is a disappointment to once again be cancelling and making changed to our schedule for performances that were highly anticipated by artists and patrons. However, given the extreme transmissibility of the Omicron variant of the COVID-19 virus, and with respect for the counsel of Dr. Shahab and the SHA, the RSO Management, Board of Directors, and members of the Orchestra believe this is the responsible course of action.
For further information, contact:
Mike Forrester, Executive Director