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September 20, 2020
Following a season cut short by the coronavirus pandemic, the Wichita Symphony Orchestra (WSO) is ready to announce plans for their fall, 2020 season. The reimagined season includes digital performance opportunities, community outreach initiatives, and live, in-person concerts with limited, socially distanced audiences.
Please note that the majority of Wichita Symphony staff are working from home, but the the box office line is still open.
Updated Wednesday, August 26
Given the unpredictable nature of the pandemic, spring programming will be announced at a later date. All programming subject to change as required by pandemic restrictions imposed on the WSO.
The fall semester has been delayed to January. Read the full notice here.
August 26 Update
Dear Symphony Patrons,
I trust that you are well and safe during this pandemic. As much as I have missed live performances these past five months, I’ve enjoyed the innovative music programming available online, including the interactive weekly recitals with Wichita Symphony Concertmaster Holly Mulcahy, and I hope you’ve been able to do the same. The music must be heard!
PLEASE NOTE: Information regarding options for engagement, concert tickets, and season tickets will be communicated mid-September.
August 20 Update
Dear Youth Orchestras and Ensembles Families,
In light of the COVID-19 health crisis, the Wichita Symphony Board of Directors has made the difficult decision to postpone in-person rehearsals for Youth Orchestras until January. We will re-evaluate the situation later this fall to determine if it will be safe for us to return to rehearsing together in person for the spring. If possible, we will extend the spring semester to include a concert in March and a second concert in May, so our season would not be cut short, only delayed.
June 18 Update
The mission of the Wichita Symphony is to enrich, educate, and entertain diverse audiences of all ages in our region through performances of orchestral music, thereby enhancing the vibrancy and vitality of Wichita.
The horrific events of the past weeks, months, and longer, namely the unjust deaths of Black Americans, are deeply troubling and provoke our national trauma. The demonstrations in recent weeks send a clear message that our society must change quickly. Black lives do matter.
May 29 Update
This is a letter I had hoped would not be written.
The Wichita Symphony's Board of Directors has made the difficult decision to cancel our previously postponed concerts from March, April, and May. Our hope had been to reschedule our performances of Ravel & Brahms (March 14 and 15), The Rose of Sonora (April 4 and 5), Apollo 13 in Concert (April 18), and Kristin Chenoweth in Concert -- For the Girls (May 16) for a late SummerFest in August. Out of concern for the safety and health of our patrons, musicians, and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic, we regretfully cannot perform these concerts at this time and will attempt to program them in a future season.
On Monday, June 1, the Symphony Box Office will begin notifying ticketholders with instructions and ticket options. Please watch your email. Since Century II remains closed to the public, ticket resolutions will be done 1) Online (the preferred method) or 2) Calling the Box Office at (316) 267-7658 and leaving a voicemail.
Current box office hours are Monday - Thursday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Our box office staff will respond to your inquiries at their earliest availability. Please be patient as we work through the process.
Please consider a donation of your tickets to the Symphony.
April 17 Update
Friday the 13th in March certainly lived up to its superstitious reputation when County health officials shut down public gatherings in the face of the spreading coronavirus. All of us deeply missed being with you for the postponed concerts of that weekend and since. Since the County closed Century II entirely, my staff and I have been working from home, maintaining business, and communicating with each other, the Board of Directors, and the musicians with the help of Zoom meetings.
We simply don’t know how long it will be before we gather again to enjoy the life-affirming performances of the Wichita Symphony. Your safety and health, as well as that of our musicians and staff, are our priority. One thing I do know:
March 31 Update
Since we cannot perform in the Concert Hall, we are thrilled to announce a four-week concert series in partnership with Radio Kansas: The Symphony at Home Broadcast Series! Every Friday night at 7pm in April, tune in to Radio Kansas or listen online to hear some of our favorite programs from the last 10 years with Maestro Daniel Hege, hosted by Katelyn Mattson-Levy. Click below for the full broadcast schedule and details on how you can tune in:
March 25 Update
Effective Wednesday, March 25, a Stay-At-Home Order issued by the Sedgwick County Health Department is in place for 30 days. Even though all Wichita Symphony personnel are now working from home, we are still able to receive phone calls through our Box Office line and maintain service to our patrons. We are still renewing season tickets for the 2020-2021 season. See updated Box Office hours below, and give us a call with the box office information above!
March 18 Update
My first wish is that everyone remains in good health. In this time of great unknowns and uncertainty, information and events are coming at warp speed. Where we are today would have been unimaginable just a week ago. As you might have deduced from the statewide public gathering ban of groups in excess of fifty that currently extends for eight weeks in Kansas, the Wichita Symphony must postpone the remainder of our 2019 – 2020 season. In addition to last weekend’s concerts of Ravel and Brahms, we are now postponing The Rose of Sonora (April 4 and 5), Apollo 13 In Concert (April 18), and Kristin Chenoweth In Concert (May 16).