Coronavirus restrictions and concerns have prompted the Longmont Chorale to cancel its concerts scheduled for October and December.
“We know that this announcement will come as an enormous disappointment, not only to our audience but also to our singers and the Longmont community,” the nonprofit announced in a Wednesday email signed by President Bob Balsman. “Earlier in 2020, we were hopeful that fall was far enough away that we’d perhaps be able to proceed with the 2020-2021 season as usual. However, as it stands today, we remain months away at best from the approval and availability of a vaccine for COVID-19, and so our rehearsals and concerts will remain under the ban.”
Uncertainty surrounding when the community choir will be allowed to sing again and concerns for singers, audience, supporters, and community prompted the decision, according to the email.
“Despite the disappointment and impact we know you will feel, we want you to know that we’re fully committed to rehearsing and performing the beautiful choral music that we all love,” Balsam stated in the email. “We will continue to work hard behind the scenes to get the Longmont Chorale back on stage again as soon as possible, just as we all love to experience together. We will keep you updated when things change and/or when new information is available.”
Those with season tickets for the canceled shows can receive a refund or use their tickets for performances through May, according to the Chorale’s ticketing page.
“... We hope you will also consider donating the value of your individual or season tickets to the Longmont Chorale. We are facing an unprecedented financial impact due to COVID-19 and would sincerely appreciate your generous donation,” the Chorale states on that page.
To donate tickets, click on the “Contact Us” button at the top of the group’s website.
Correction: Bob Balsman's name was misspelled in the original posting of this story