The Nashville Symphony's Board of Directors recently voted to suspend all concert and event activity until next summer. The Board's decision comes at a point in time unlike any other in history. The COVID-19 pandemic has caused the Symphony to cancel or reschedule more than 65 concerts and events with losses projected at more than $8 million. Beginning July 1, 2020, a total of 79 musicians and 49 full-time staff members (including Music Director Giancarlo Guerrero) will be furloughed.
"This was an extremely difficult and painful decision to make,” said Board Chair Mark Peacock. “The Nashville Symphony’s management and board of directors have been exploring every available option to ensure the long-term sustainability of the institution," he said.
The symphony is dedicated to ensuring the safety and well-being of its patrons, musicians, staff and volunteers. And music — so near and dear to Music City's heart — will return to the Schermerhorn when the time is right.
"Our lives may have taken a dramatic turn in the span of just a few months, but some things remain constant,” says President and CEO Alan D. Valentine,“and one of them is the life-affirming, transformational power of music. Our orchestra has experienced many challenges over the years including the Great Recession of 2008, the catastrophic Nashville flood of 2010 and a subsequent restructuring in 2013. As we re-emerged from these challenges, we have become a stronger, more resilient and innovative organization. Our own past history has demonstrated, time and again, that we are resourceful, we are determined, and we are diligent, responsible stewards of the community’s investment," he adds.
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