Important Programmatic Update

August 14, 2020

Dear Loyal Philharmonic Patron,

The Abilene Philharmonic Board and Staff have been working hard to prepare a safe and enjoyable concert season amid the backdrop of a global pandemic. As we continue to navigate the current health crisis, our top priority will always be the health and safety of our audience, musicians and staff. While we have developed several plans of action, there are still many uncertainties surrounding a live symphony orchestra concert.

After careful consideration, the Abilene Philharmonic Board has made the difficult decision to cancel Masterworks I A New World on September 26, and Masterworks II Triple Concerto on October 24.

Additionally, Pops III: Kristen Hertzenberg and her All-Star Band, which had been rescheduled for September 5th at the Paramount Theater, is now being postponed to May 29, 2021, and a matinee performance will be added on May 30, 2021. All tickets purchased for this show will still be honored, and new tickets will be issued. Please discard any old tickets for this performance.

While we are sad about these postponements and cancellations, we have been actively finding possible alternatives to keep the music playing. We are excited to announce the Interlude Outdoor Concert Series in partnership with the Abilene Zoo. The first performance, entitled Pops in the Park is scheduled for Saturday, September 5th and will feature Broadway and Cabaret Star Kristi Tingle backed by a small band that includes Maestro Itkin on piano. The second performance entitled Classics Under the Stars will be on October 3rd and will feature a string quartet comprised of the principal string players of your Philharmonic.

Both performances are free to current 2020-21 Subscribers.

At this time, patrons holding tickets to canceled concerts will automatically have the value of their tickets held on their account. Ticket holders will have the option to receive a flexible ticket credit for future performances, donate the value of your tickets back to the Philharmonic, or request a refund.

A box office representative will be in touch with you soon to discuss these ticket options. If you have any questions regarding this update, please contact us at 325.677.6710 or email speters@abilenephilharmonic.org

During these turbulent times, the Abilene community has shown tremendous support, love and patience for its Philharmonic. This orchestra is celebrating 70 years of entertaining, educating and inspiring the community and it is all thanks to your continued support. We will get through this, and have an even greater appreciation for the music we love so much.

Sincerely,

Kevin Smith
Executive Director

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