Hello, I’m Scott Showalter, President of your Oregon Symphony. I’m sending this message from downtown Portland, where I, like many of you, am staying home and staying safe. I wish the best of health for you and for your loved ones.
Likewise, your Oregon Symphony is concerned for the health and wellbeing of our musicians, staff, and entire community, and so, weeks ago, we announced the cancelation of concerts through May 11. Then, we also made the heartbreaking decision to furlough musicians and lay off staff. Based on updated health guidelines, we have made the further decision to cancel the remainder of our season, including all concerts and in-person events through June 8.
For those of you who purchased tickets to canceled concerts, please consider donating them back to the Symphony or exchanging them for a gift certificate. The loss of millions of dollars over these months is straining our cash flow significantly. Your donations will help to provide health care insurance for musicians and staff, and allow us to come back strong this fall.
An incredible series of concerts awaits you, in fact, for the 2020/21 Season, and I hope you’ve already subscribed. To learn more, call our box office or visit our website.
The musicians and I truly miss performing for you every week, and we look forward to doing so again soon. In the meantime, I invite you to attend, from your own home, our first Virtual Gala on Sunday, April 19. Starting at 7 pm, I will host a short series of performances by Maestro Kalmar, our musicians, and Storm Large. This Virtual Gala is open to everyone via our website.
Also on our website, Instagram, and Facebook, you can explore a new digital series called minute for music. Our musicians have created this series of short videos for you, and they are available now.
Thank you for your loyalty, support, and faith. I look forward to seeing you virtually on April 19, and for the launch of our new season at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall in September.
Together, we will get through this, and we will emerge with the need, like never before, to come together and heal through music.
Take good care,
Scott Showalter, President and CEO