2020 Spring Performances Cancelled (COVID-19)

Posted on: March 20th, 2020 by Tai Renfrow

Response to COVID-19 Outbreak

March 20, 2020

Dear Friends,

We have been closely monitoring the evolving situation, and have made the decision to postpone the Powerhouse Pianist Series recital with Cory Smythe scheduled for April 4th for the safety of our audience and the performer. Additionally at this time we are cancelling our Spaghetti Western concert scheduled for May 22nd at The Cooperage. We are hoping to reschedule this concert, and will keep you posted moving forward.

These actions were necessary in order to comply with state and federal guidelines concerning Coronavirus/COVID-19 issued recently.  This Tuesday, the state Department of Health specifically issued an agency order prohibiting mass gatherings of 10 people or more to slow the spread of COVID-19. The Center for Disease Control recommends that people over the age of 60 stay away from any public gathering.This is a rapidly evolving situation and we encourage you and the public to frequently monitor the DHS website for updates, and to follow @DHSWI on Facebook and Twitter, or dhs.wi on Instagram. Additional information can be found on the CDC website.

We fully support the efforts of public health officials to control the spread of COVID-19. We are committed to the health and safety of our staff, faculty, students, audiences and musicians, and the larger community. We will continue to follow all guidelines made by local, state or federal health officials, including rescheduling further performances, should that become necessary.

Options if you have tickets to a canceled or postponed event:
  • Donate the value of your unused ticket(s).

As a nonprofit arts organization, we rely on the people we serve. This has never been more true than at this moment. We would like to take a moment to thank everyone who has been able to join us for our Virtual Hootenannies. You can help keep Present Music operating during the pandemic so we can continue sharing our exciting new music experiences in some form or fashion long into the future, by doing nothing at all. The value of your unused tickets allows us to continue offering virtual programming alternatives!

  • Your support today is more important than ever.

The cancellation of concerts has a significant impact on Present Music’s financial health. Ticket sales provide less than 20% of the revenue needed to compensate all of our ensemble members and collaborators for their incredible talent, and each canceled concert represents an unrecoverable loss. To help reduce the impact felt on our musicians from lost concert fees, our musicians will continue to receive compensation for every virtual “Hootenanny” performance during this time of statewide lockdown. As our community works together to reduce the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), please consider the role new music plays in your life and support Milwaukee’s only new music ensemble with a gift of any amount today.

  • Exchange your tickets to a future performance.

We will be happy to exchange your tickets for one of our future performances in the 2020-21 season at no additional cost to you. If you prefer this option, please contact the Present Music Box Office at newmusic@presentmusic.org or 414.271.0711×2 to be contacted once operations return to normal. Replacement dates for our concerts, and any future schedule updates will be communicated via email and on our website.

If you have any questions regarding this schedule change, or any other concert-related matter, please contact us at newmusic@presentmusic.org. Thanks for your patience, support and understanding as we work to ensure good health for everyone involved in our programs and performances.

Thank you for your understanding and support during this unprecedented time,

Tai Renfrow

Managing Director
Present Music


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