BSO Cancels Fall Season

Winter 2021 Will Be Announced in December

By: - Jul 30, 2020

For the first time in its 139-year history, the Boston Symphony Orchestra will suspend its fall season of performances at Symphony Hall, September 16-November 28 (click here for the original BSO 2020-21 season announcement). The decision to cancel the fall period of the 2020-21 BSO season—due to ongoing concerns about COVID-19—was made in consultation with a team of medical experts assembled by the BSO Board of Trustees, and in response to issuances by the Centers for Disease Control and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, which prohibit gatherings of 25 or more people in a particular location where they would be in close physical proximity within a confined indoor space.

By the end of the 2020 calendar year, the Boston Symphony Orchestra will announce whether it is able to go forward with any live performances with audience in the winter and spring months of its 2020-21 Symphony Hall season, January 7-May 1.

Given the cancellation of in-person Boston Symphony Orchestra live performances with audiences, September 16-November 28, and the continuing uncertainty around the resumption of in-person performances in the winter and spring, the BSO will be suspending all patron subscriptions for the 2020-21 season in September, following the announcement of the orchestra’s fall streaming season offering. At that time, subscribers will be contacted about the options available and the process for canceling their subscriptions, including donations, credits, and refunds. Should in-person performances return in the spring, subscribers will be given first priority for purchasing tickets for those performances, as well as for those to take place in the 2021-22 BSO season. Further details about subscription options are described below.

During the hiatus from performances this fall, the BSO will create and distribute online content inspired by the success of its BSO at Home series (spring 2020) and Tanglewood 2020 Online Festival (summer 2020) distributed through and