Atlanta Symphony Orchestra cancels season through May 11 due to COVID-19

The stage of Atlanta’s symphony hall would have been filled this Thursday and Friday night with a full orchestra, full chorus and four soloists performing Beethoven’s classic mass, “Missa solemnis.”

In the final movement, the words “miserere nobis,” would have been sung. The phrase translates into “have mercy upon us.” Given the times, the words are especially fitting.

But those performances have now been canceled along with all scheduled live performances of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra from March 26 through May 11. Jennifer Barlament, ASO executive director said in a statement that the COVID-19 pandemic left the symphony no choice. Several concerts that were part of the Symphony Hall LIVE series of contemporary music have also been cancelled or postponed.

The symphony will, however, go forward with announcing it’s 2020/2021 season on March 31.

“As we continue to work through concert cancellations in our current season, we realize that we are announcing the 2020/21 season in a time of uncertainty,” Barlament said in a statement. “However, now more than ever, we realize how vital it is to have something to look forward to and once again returning to Symphony Hall will hopefully serve as a beacon of hope.”

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Missa solemnis

Thursday, March 26

Friday, March 27

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra at Savannah Music Festival

Saturday, March 28

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra at Columbus State University

Thursday April 2

Missa solemnis at Carnegie Hall

Saturday, April 4

The Clark Sisters

Wednesday, April 15

Midori and Bartók

Thursday, April 16

Saturday, April 18

Donald Runnicles Conducts Carmina burana

Thursday, April 23

Friday, April 24

Saturday, April 25

Sunday, April 26

Stephen Mulligan Conducts The Rite of Spring

Thursday, April 30

Sunday, May 2

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra at University of Georgia

Sunday, May 3

Holst’s The Planets & Miloš Karadaglić

Thursday, May 7

Saturday, May 9

The following Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Atlanta Symphony Hall LIVE events are postponed:

Mandy Moore: North American Tour with Special guest Bedouine

Friday, April 3

Alicia Keys: More Myself Book Tour

Sunday, April 5

Criminal Podcast

Friday, April 17

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra at Kennesaw State University

Friday, April 17

Tyler Henry

Sunday, April 19

Lindsey Buckingham with special guest Michelle Willis

Tuesday, May 5

The following Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Atlanta Symphony Hall LIVE events have been rescheduled:

Alan Parsons Live Project (rescheduled for Aug. 23)

Saturday, March 28

Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox: Welcome to the Twenties 2.0 Tour (rescheduled for Nov. 27)

Thursday, April 2

The Read Live! (rescheduled for Aug. 29)

Saturday, April 11

One Night of Queen Performed by Gary Mullen & The Works (rescheduled for Aug. 2)

Wednesday, April 29

Chris Botti with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (rescheduled for Jan 28, 2021)

Friday, May 8

Ben Folds with the ASO (rescheduled for Nov. 22 and 23)

Friday, June 26

Saturday, June 27

Styx with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (rescheduled for June 21)

Ameris Bank Amphitheatre

Sunday, April 19

Star Wars: Return of the Jedi in Concert (rescheduled for June 26 and 27)

Friday, March 13

Saturday, March 14