Toledo Symphony to Cancel March Performances and Livestream Upcoming Masterworks Online Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

Published Thursday, March 12, 2020 4:30 pm

The Toledo Symphony Orchestra announced today changes to its upcoming performance schedule, following new developments from today’s press conference by Ohio Governor Mike DeWine regarding the state’s response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

The performance on Friday, March 13, 2020 will take place at the Peristyle, but it will be closed to the public. Instead, the performance will be livestreamed by WGTE and available digitally to the public on Toledo Symphony’s website,, beginning at 8 PM tomorrow. The full performance will also be available on Toledo Symphony’s YouTube channel for 30 days following the livestream. The performance on Saturday, March 14, 2020 will be cancelled entirely.

“When the news can be frightening, it’s sometimes helpful to escape from the headlines and focus on the beautiful things that bring our community together—even if we can’t be in the same room,” says Zak Vassar, President and CEO of the Toledo Symphony. “We are proud that we can present this beautiful performance online in these uncomfortable times. I thank our musicians for their flexibility and granting their permission to broadcast this performance as a gift of warmth and beauty to our community.”

The program includes Lili Boulanger’s Of a Sad Evening, Gustav Mahler’s Songs of a Wayfarer, featuring baritone Sidney Outlaw, and Johannes Brahms’s Symphony No. 4. The concert will also present a special memorial tribute to Dick Anderson. “This performance has been generously underwritten by The Rita Barbour Kern Foundation,” continues Vassar. “Rita was a wonderful supporter of the orchestra, and I think she would be proud that we are able to take this wonderful music to an even larger audience than we ever thought possible.”

The Toledo Symphony additionally announced today the cancellation of the March 20th Toledo Public Schools’ 4th Grade Concert; the March 21st KeyBank Pops concert with vocalist Aubrey Logan; the March 22nd performance of the Toledo Symphony Youth Orchestras (postponed); and the March 28th performance of Le Mozart Noir with violinist Randall Goosby.

Ticket holders may turn in purchased tickets as a charitable contribution to the Toledo Symphony and receive a tax deduction receipt.

“As a nonprofit organization, we rely on ticket revenue to support our efforts to share music with the region,” says Vassar. “Please consider turning in your tickets as a charitable donation to the organization. We are grateful for your support in these trying times to keep the music alive and thriving in our community.”

Ticket holders may also opt to exchange their tickets into another performance in the 2019-2020 season. The Toledo Symphony is waiving all exchange fees through May 15, 2020.

“We understand that people will think carefully when buying tickets for future performances following coronavirus,” says Felecia Kanney, Director of Marketing for the Toledo Symphony. “That is why we decided to extend our subscriber benefits and waive all exchange fees for all of our patrons to increase flexibility. We hope that helps people purchase with confidence when life returns to a new normal. We will work with you. Take care, and see you on the other side.”

Ticket holders to these performances may contact the TAPA Box Office by emailing or by calling 419-246-8000, Monday through Friday, 9 AM - 5 PM.

For more information, please contact Felecia Kanney, Director of Marketing for the Toledo Symphony by email at


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Formed in 1943 as The Friends of Music and incorporated in 1951 as the Toledo Orchestra Association, Inc., the Toledo Symphony Orchestra (TSO) has grown from a core group of twenty-two part-time musicians to a regional orchestra that employs sixty-nine professional musicians who consider the Toledo Symphony their primary employer, as well as numerous extra players annually as repertoire demands.

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