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Carnegie Hall cancels concerts, including Atlanta Symphony’s “Missa solemnis”

Mark Gresham | 17 MAR 2020 @ 6:00am ET (updated 17 MAR @ 7:01pm)

NEW YORK, NY— Carnegie Hall announced Monday evening that it is cancelling all public concerts through May 10. That time frame includes the April 4 performance of Beethoven’s Missa solemnis by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, which was to have been led by music director Robert Spano — a significant tour event that was part of the ASO’s 75th anniversary season.

In a statement about the cancellations on their website and Facebook page, Carnegie Hall explained the decision:

With the health and safety of the public, our artists, and our staff as our foremost priority, Carnegie Hall has cancelled all events through Sunday, May 10, 2020, in an effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19. This includes live events and in-person educational programming presented by the Hall’s Weill Music Institute—whether taking place at Carnegie Hall or an offsite location—and all free Carnegie Hall Citywide performances in venues across New York City. All activities throughout the Resnick Education Wing have also been cancelled.

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Patrons who purchased tickets by credit card from Carnegie Hall for a performance that has been cancelled will receive automatic refunds; those who purchased by cash at the Box Office may email a scan or photo of the tickets to, along with complete contact details (name, mailing address, and phone number), through June 30, 2020, for a refund. Those who purchased tickets directly from other concert presenters should contact that presenter for refund information.


Patrons who have any further questions should email Please note that email volume may be high, and tickets may be refunded on a delayed schedule.

All other events scheduled for May 11 and beyond will continue as planned, pending the Hall’s reopening. Visit for the most up-to-date information. […] We look forward to welcoming you back to Carnegie Hall as soon as we are able to safely reopen our doors.

In a 6:30pm e-mail on Tuesday evening, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra confirmed the cancellation of their April 4 Carnegie Hall appearance, along with a current list of other Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Symphony Hall LIVE events that have been cancelled as of Tuesday evening due to the CCOVID`19 pademic, including both Atlanta Symphony Hall performances of “Missa solemnis” (March 26 & 27), the previously postponed subscription concerts with Andre Watts (March 19 &21) and affirmed cancellation of another planned appearance, again with Watts, at the Savannah Music Festival which was cancelled last week.

Update: The complete list of Atlanta Symphony cancellations,  as announced on Tuesday evening, March 17, have been published in a subsequent article. ■

A very empty Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall. (source: Carnegie Hall Press Office)

A very empty Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall. (source: Carnegie Hall Press Office)