NEW YORK (AP) – Carnegie Hall will miss an entire season for the first time in its 130-year history.
Carnegie announced Thursday that performances at its three venues from April 6 to July have been canceled, extending a closure that began March 13 due to the novel coronavirus pandemic.
Carnegie hopes to reopen in October for the 2021-22 season and intends to postpone announcing the season in late spring.
The pandemic also caused the Metropolitan Opera to miss a season for the first time, and it hopes to start its season in September. Broadway theaters have been closed since March and the arts shutdowns have contributed to a significant decline in New York’s economy.
Carnegie’s Voices of Hope festival will move online from April 16-30, focusing on works by artists in times of crisis and oppression. Carnegie plans to announce the festival program in late March.
Carnegie has plans for its annual summer youth ensemble residencies at SUNY Purchase this summer.
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