Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra
Press Release

The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra is Canceling All Performances Through March 23 Due to EverIncreasing Concerns Over the Spread of the COVID-19 Virus


By - Mar 13th, 2020 02:30 pm

March 13, 2020 – As the safety of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra’s audience, musicians, visiting guest artists, staff, and greater community is the orchestra’s top priority, the Milwaukee Symphony is canceling all performances through March 23 due to concerns over the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

Performances affected include Beethoven’s Fifth (March 13-15) and Aretha: Queen of Soul (March 2022).The Milwaukee Symphony will continue to be in regular communication with our larger MSO family and ticketholders with updates about our future performance and event schedule. We will assess resuming operations on a weekly basis.

In addition, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra Ticket Office will be closed to the public. Phone, email, and web transactions will still be available. Updates will also be posted at

The Milwaukee Symphony’s decision to cancel performances and close the Ticket Office to the general public for walk-up sales has been influenced by recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO), and the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, ongoing official news reports, and an abundance of concern for what the organization can do to best ensure the well-being of everyone in the Milwaukee community.

“The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra’s decision to extend cancellations of performances though March 23 is made out of concern for the safety and well-being our audience, musicians, staff, and the entire Milwaukee community,” said Mark Niehaus, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra president and executive director.

“During this time of uncertainty, we encourage our larger community to follow all the health recommendations of the CDC, WHO, and the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, and to please take care of yourselves and each other. We look forward to returning to the concert hall soon so that we can continue to share the joy of music with our community.”

Due to the financial impact of concert cancellations on the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, we ask patrons, whenever possible, to consider ticket exchanges (by way of gift certificates or future performances) or a donation in the amount of the ticket purchased (and receive a tax deduction for the total ticket value). Otherwise, the Milwaukee Symphony will provide a refund for the value of the ticket purchased. For further information about ticket accommodations or to request further information about the concert cancellations, patrons can contact the Milwaukee Symphony’s Ticket Office at or call 414.291.7605. Due to the unusually high call volume, you may experience a greater hold time than usual. We encourage you to contact the MSO at

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