West Michigan Symphony postpones concerts, events due to coronavirus

West Michigan Symphony Music Director Scott Speck. Photography by Keely Payne for West Michigan Symphony

The West Michigan Symphony will postpone a series of upcoming concerts and events due to concerns regarding the coronavirus, WMS Executive Director Andy Buelow announced today.

The decision comes after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and state health officials asked communities to cancel or postpone public gatherings of 100 or more people in order to slow the spread of the coronavirus, an infectious disease.

Buelow said the following events are postponed: 

  • The Friday, March 13 WMS concert, Introducing Sujari Britt, at the Frauenthal Center.
  • Saturday night’s March 14 recital with Sujari Britt at the Block.
  • Sunday afternoon’s March 15 concert of the WMS Children’s Choir and Debut Strings.
  • Wednesday, March 18’s Movies+Music screening of Pink Floyd’s The Wall.
  • Saturday, March 21’s 10:30 a.m. Dooby Dooby Moosic

Buelow emphasized these events are not canceled; they are postponed. Rescheduled dates will be announced as soon as possible. Patrons are asked to hold onto their tickets, which will be honored at the future dates. Tickets may also be exchanged at no charge for other symphony events.

“West Michigan Symphony is committed to the health and safety of our audience members, volunteers, musicians and staff—and to operating with the community’s best interests foremost,” Buelow said in a press statement. “We deeply regret having to postpone these events and will do everything we can to reschedule them.”

As of now, the symphony is planning to proceed with concerts and events past Saturday, March 21.

“We are in regular contact with Public Health – Muskegon County, which is monitoring the impact of COVID-19 (coronavirus) in our community in conjunction with local, state and federal partners,” Buelow said in the same statement. “We will keep our patrons, the media and community partners apprised of any future change in plans.”

WMS patrons with questions may call the ticket office at 231-726-3231 for more information.

For more information regarding the coronavirus and its impact in Muskegon, please click here.

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