The Hillsdale Arts Chorale has announced that it will delay season 48 due to COVID-19. The late fall and Christmas concerts have been canceled for 2020. If case numbers continue to improve, the Board of Directors are hoping the Chorale can return to the stage in Spring 2021.
“Speaking for myself, as well as the entire Board of Directors, I acknowledge significant sadness at this news, however, we feel that it is the only thing we can do to ensure the health and safety of all artists and concert attendees at this time,” said conductor Colleen Chester. “Our intention is to wait, continue to listen to experts and health officials, and reevaluate our calendar whenever the COVID landscape provides more clarity.”
Along with the canceled concerts, Chorale members will not gather for weekly in-person rehearsals, but plan to get involved in a more digital way, especially for its supporters.
“We have had several meetings over the past few weeks, and we are looking to engage with our audience via our Facebook page and YouTube,” said Stephanie Gordon, Marketing Director. “It’s important to deliver music during this time for our supporters, even if it’s in front of a computer.”
If you are a season ticket holder, spring 2020 tickets will be accepted at 2021 concerts.
“For our 2019/2020 season ticket holders, you only received 50% of what you paid for,” said Executive Director Greg Bailey. “Rest assured, we want to honor your financial commitment by honoring your remaining concert tickets for two of 2021’s concerts.”
The Hillsdale Arts Chorale will continue to keep the community updated when it continues to learn more.
“Continue to have HOPE,” said Chester. “Continue to stay positive, healthy, and take precautions. We will come out on the other side of this and, when we do, I truly believe that choral music will be more beautiful and impactful than ever before.”
For any questions, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or you can learn more by visiting www.hillsdaleartschorale.com.
ABOUT THE HILLSDALE ARTS CHORALE: The Hillsdale Arts Chorale was established by Howard J. Rizner in 1973 in Hillsdale, Michigan. Rizner understood the limitations imposed by Hillsdale's size and remoteness but refused to let those conditions force a compromise of musical quality. The key to the group's success then, and now, is maintaining high standards of exceptional choral music. For nearly a half century, the Hillsdale community has enjoyed a remarkable choral group whose mission is presenting some of the most enduring works of classical music and finest choral settings of beloved religious songs, folk melodies, and popular standards.