Barnstable Performing Arts Center closed to outside organizations through June 2021
HYANNIS, MA—August 19, 2020
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020-21 Cape Symphony season will be rescheduled to 2021-22. This announcement is in response to the news that the Barnstable Public School buildings, including the Barnstable Performing Arts Center, will not be available to outside organizations during the 2020-21 school year.
“This unprecedented situation is devastating to our musicians, staff, and trustees, as well as to our valued customers who receive so much joy from experiencing our concerts,” said Cape Symphony & Conservatory Executive Director Michael Albaugh. “We hope that if public health conditions change, we may be able to perform in the spring of 2021, but obviously, the health and safety of the community takes priority.”
Jung-Ho Pak, Artistic Director & Conductor of the Cape Symphony, said, “I’m deeply saddened by this news, but without a comparable venue on Cape Cod, we can’t present a full Cape Symphony production. Meanwhile, we are planning events for smaller venues with social distancing for attendees and a few musicians.” Pak added, “I’m optimistic about the future, and I promise that when we return, the Cape Symphony experience will be better than ever.”
This announcement follows previous pandemic-related cancelations and postponements of both concerts and classes, resulting in an expected $2 million revenue loss for the Cape Symphony & Conservatory.
“As an organization, we are looking at multiple strategies right now, and are fully committed to not just surviving but thriving. We need public support in order to come out the other side of this crisis,” said Albaugh. “We have faith that the Cape Cod community will stand by us as we continue to plan for a strong future.”
Donations can be made by visiting capesymphony.org and clicking on “Give.”
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About Cape Symphony & Conservatory
Cape Cod’s very own orchestra, Cape Symphony, performs at the Barnstable Performing Arts Center in Hyannis. From popular hits to magnificent classics, highlighting hidden gems and putting a new twist on standards, the emphasis is always on fun, surprises, and beautiful music. Led by Artistic Director and Conductor Jung-Ho Pak, the Cape Symphony provides an experience like no other. Cape Conservatory’s commitment to arts education for all ages includes musical instruction as well as classes in dance and visual art at campuses in Barnstable and Falmouth. Its Preschool program is known for blending traditional academics with the arts. Through Link Up and other community outreach programs, Cape Conservatory brings an array of engaging programs to thousands of students on the Cape and Islands. Visit www.capesymphony.org and www.capeconservatory.org for more information.