The Boston Pops has cancelled the concerts planned for the months of May & June 2020, due to the quarantine caused by the Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, in a spring season that was going to be the celebration of 25 years with Keith Lockhart leading the orchestra.
“The 2020 Boston Pops spring season, which was to take place May 16 – June 13, has been cancelled due to ongoing concerns over the spread of COVID-19. The 2020 Boston Pops season was designed as a celebration of Keith Lockhart’s 25th anniversary season; this special recognition of Mr. Lockhart’s enormous contribution to the Pops as its leader since 1995 will now take place during the 2021 Boston Pops spring season.
A near-unprecedented moment in the 135-year history of the Boston Pops, the cancellation of the upcoming season is the first time an entire season of the famed ensemble has been canceled since 1890; that year there were no Boston Pops concerts due to the fact that the managers at the time were unable to procure a liquor license.”
Video-message from Keith Lockhart:
This includes the cancellation of the following shows:
Regarding the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular 2020 & Tanglewood 2020 concerts, no decision has been taken yet:
“The Boston Symphony Orchestra is in daily conversations to assess the advisability of proceeding with all its upcoming programming over the next few months, including the 2020 Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular and the 2020 Tanglewood season, in connection with the spread of COVID-19. We are currently weighing all the possible scenarios for these major summertime offerings and are planning to make a final decision about them by mid-May. Whatever decisions are made regarding this year’s Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular and Tanglewood season, they will be reached following recommendations over the next several weeks from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO), as well as in close consultation with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and City of Boston.
We want to assure all Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular and Tanglewood fans that the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Inc. (parent company to Boston Pops) will monitor the above-mentioned recommendations daily and proceed carefully and cautiously in the decision-making process, while keeping the public up-to-date through press announcements and periodic messaging at www.bso.org and on all the orchestra’s social media channels once the decisions are made in May. The Boston Symphony Orchestra will always hold the health and well-being of its audiences, musicians, staff, guest artists, and the entire BSO and Pops communities as the highest priority in its decision-making regarding all the organization’s performance and event schedules in Boston and the Berkshires.”