The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, which has slowly been putting its concerts on pause because of the Covid-19 pandemic, has now officially canceled the rest of the 2019-2020 season.
"The BPO has made the difficult decision to extend its previously announced suspension of concert activity at Kleinhans Music Hall through June 13, the end of the regular 2019-2020 season," read a statement from the BPO.
"The BPO musicians, staff and board are extremely disappointed that we will not be able to finish out the season. We held hope that we would be able to return to the Kleinhans stage sooner rather than later, but we continue to follow governmental guidelines and it became clear last week that any return will take much longer than anyone had anticipated."
A few of the concerts will be moved to the 2020-21 season. Updates and plans for the BPO’s summer concert series will be announced.
Questions on all ticketing options, including refunds and ticket donations, should be directed to the BPO box office at 885-5000 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. More information also is available on the BPO website.
The BPO is continuing the Tuesday night broadcasts of archived concerts on WNED-FM, plus it is releasing audio tracks weekly on its social media channels including Facebook, where you'll also find short pieces and excerpts submitted by the BPO musicians.
"We are working on a few more surprises in the wake of not being able to perform for our audiences at Kleinhans," said Patrick O'Herron, BPO director of marketing.