March 12, 2020
PACIFIC CHORALE CANCELS SONGS OF THE SOUL CONCERT IN RESPONSE TO CORONAVIRUS
Costa Mesa, CA – On behalf of Artistic Director Rob Istad, Board Chair Tom Pridonoff, and myself, it is with a heavy heart, but with the sincerest and utmost concern for the health and safety of our artists, staff, and patrons that we have made the decision to cancel our upcoming Songs of the Soul concert at Our Lady Queen of Angels Catholic Church on Saturday, March 21, 2020. We came to this conclusion given the rapidly changing COVID-19/coronavirus situation and as advised last night by California Governor Gavin Newsom.
This is most certainly the right decision, given the growing concerns. The only practical way to ensure all our constituents’ safety and sense of security right now is to minimize the risk by encouraging all our Pacific Chorale family to take care of themselves individually and to avoid participation in large public gatherings.
Rob Istad and the singers have all been working so incredibly hard on this program and I know it would have been an absolutely beautiful concert! Very soon we will focus on determining when we can reschedule this program to share their incredible artistry and this remarkable music with you, our devoted community – when it will be safe and SO NECESSARY to feed our souls!
As a result of this cancellation we are providing several options regarding your tickets for this event, at no additional charge to you.
- You may exchange your tickets into the May 16th Mozart’s Coronation Mass concert. If you already have tickets to the May 16th concert, we can still add these tickets to the concert, but cannot guarantee that they will be adjacent or close to your currently held tickets.
- We can credit your account for the value of your tickets towards a concert next season.
- You may donate the value of your tickets, for a possible tax deduction.
- You may request a full refund for the value of your tickets.
We are developing contingency plans for the remainder of the spring, given the uncertainty of how long this crisis will last. At present, we are planning to proceed with the Mozart concert and Chairman’s Dinner as scheduled on May 16, 2020. We will keep you informed as the situation continues to evolve.
Again, on behalf of Artistic Director Rob Istad, Board Chair Tom Pridonoff, and myself, thank you and all our patrons for your understanding, flexibility, and perseverance through these challenging circumstances. If you have any questions at all, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Pacific Chorale is resilient. You are resilient. After this difficult time passes, we are all going to hunger for a program like Songs of the Soul to nourish our spirits, rejuvenate our sense of self, and celebrate our resiliency as a community. I for one, cannot wait for that evening to occur!
With the warmest of regards,
President & CEO
Andrew Brown, President & CEO, [email protected]
Ryan McSweeney, Director of Marketing & Box Office, [email protected]