Grand Rapids Symphony cancels concerts through July 31

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The Grand Rapids Symphony is canceling its 2020 Picnic Pops and all other symphony events scheduled through July 31. Courtesy Grand Rapids Symphony

The Grand Rapids Symphony is canceling its 2020 Picnic Pops and all other symphony events scheduled through July 31.

Those events include the Patriotic Pops concert, which was set for July 14 at Ah-Nab-Awen Park. That concert is rescheduled for July 14, 2021.

“It’s with a heavy heart that the Grand Rapids Symphony has had to cancel this summer’s D&W Fresh Market Picnic Pops at Cannonsburg,” Principal Pops Conductor Bob Bernhardt said. “We are so looking forward to the day we can safely return to live performances and large public gatherings, and until then, we wish everyone good health and safety and send our sincerest gratitude for your continuing support.”

The Grand Rapids Symphony is planning to present musical concerts to the West Michigan community in August. The format of those concerts will be determined by COVID-19 guidance in place at that time. Further details of the August concerts will be announced at a later date.

“Our highest priority has been to ensure the health, safety and well-being of every member of the Grand Rapids Symphony family and Western Michigan community,” Grand Rapids Symphony President and CEO Mary Tuuk said. “While our currently planned July concerts are canceled, we are thrilled to be able to give the gift of music back to the Western Michigan community in August in innovative ways.”

Concertgoers can continue to watch the symphony’s virtual performances on its Facebook and YouTube pages. Some of the performances include “Hallelujah” chorus from Handel’s Messiah and 18th variation of Rachmaninov’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini.

All ticket exchanges and refunds must be made at the original point of purchase. For more information, visit grsymphony.org.

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