Important Notice to Our Patrons Related to COVID - 19 (coronavirus)

Posted by: Beth Wakefield - March, 13th 2020 @ 02:40 pm

Important Notice to Our Patrons Related to COVID - 19 (coronavirus)


Illinois Symphony Orchestra Concerts and Events Scheduled Through at Least the Next 30 Days are Canceled or Postponed Following Governor Pritzker’s Mandate to Suspend Large Gatherings and Out of Caution Over COVID-19


The Illinois Symphony Orchestra has made the decision to cancel or postpone all scheduled performances and events through, at least, the next 30 days to limit community transmission of COVID-19. These cancellations and postponements are effective beginning today, Friday, March 13, 2020 and follow the mandates issued by Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker, the City of Bloomington and the Sangamon County Department of Public Health.


Please find below a list of performances and events scheduled for the next 30 days that will be canceled or postponed:


Concert Chats - Canceled

Tuesday, March 17, 2020 @ 11:15 AM | Bloomington Country Club


Meet the Musician with Itamar Zorman & Music Director Ken Lam - Canceled

Thursday, March 19, 2020 @ 12:00 PM | UIS Student Union Ballroom Lobby


On Stage with the ISO - Postponed

Thursday, March 19, 2020 @ 6:30 PM | Sangamon Auditorium, UIS


Spring Celebration Concert - Canceled

Friday, March 20, 2020 | Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts

Concert Comments @ 6:30 PM

Concert @ 7:30 PM

Post-Concert Reception


Symphony Supper - Canceled

Saturday, March 21, 2020 @ 5:30 PM | PAC Restaurant at UIS


Spring Celebration Concert - Canceled

Saturday, March 21, 2020 | UIS Performing Arts Center

Concert Comments @ 6:30 PM

Concert @ 7:30 PM

Post-Concert Reception


Make Music Instrument Petting Zoo - Postponed

Saturday, March 28, 2020 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon | Children’s Discovery Museum


Around the Town Concerts - Postponed

Saturday, March 28, 2020 @ 4:00 PM | Temple B’Rith Sholom

Sunday, March 29, 2020 @ 3:00 PM | Moses Montefiore Temple


We make this announcement with heavy hearts as countless hours of work have gone on behind the scenes in preparation for these performances and events. This is not a decision that we have made lightly as we are required to follow the mandates and recommendations made by public health officials. We feel that it is our responsibility to protect our patrons and musicians from the wider spread of the virus.


For ticketed performances and events, you may do one of the following:


  • Donate your ticket(s) or fee. Your tax-deductible donation today means that the next time you join us for a concert or event, the orchestra will be here to share the joy of live music with you once more, as a healthy, vibrant and financially secure organization. You will receive a tax donation receipt. Please feel free to email the Illinois Symphony Orchestra at or by calling 800-401-7222.
  • Exchange your tickets to an upcoming performance. We are happy to exchange your tickets into the same or similar seating section for the final concert of our 2019–2020 season on May 1 and 2, 2020. Ticket exchanges are free. Please contact the BCPA Ticket Office at 309-434-2777 or UIS PAC Ticket Office at 217-206-6160 during business hours.
  • Other options and questions. For other options and questions, please feel free to email the Illinois Symphony Orchestra at or by calling 800-401-7222.


We hope you remain safe and well, and we look forward to seeing you again at a performance or event very soon. We will continue to share updates via our website, email, and Facebook regarding the rescheduling of postponed activities and the status of future performances and events.


We thank you for your continued support of the Illinois Symphony Orchestra during these difficult times.


The Illinois Symphony Orchestra (ISO), led by acclaimed Music Director Ken Lam, is central Illinois’ largest professional orchestra serving over 30,000 community members with a budget of approximately $1.3 million. The ISO celebrates its 27th season of exciting performances with concerts in both Springfield and Bloomington/Normal including symphony orchestra, chamber orchestra, pops concerts and Concerts for Kids.


The ISO’s commitment to the community is highlighted through its award-winning Music Matters! in-school programs for students in Kindergarten – 6th grade; engaging Concerts for Kids, a favorite of students, teachers and parents; and the Around the Town Free Chamber Music Series. Through these programs the ISO brings diverse repertoire and live musical experiences to audiences of all ages and backgrounds.


The ISO, founded in 1993, is the consolidation of two well-established organizations: the Springfield Symphony and the Bloomington Normal Symphony. The ISO has won numerous awards including the Illinois Council of Orchestras' awards for Meritorious Service in Outstanding Programming, Community Service, and Community Event of the Year, all in recognition of its service and commitment to the citizens of Illinois. The ISO has performed at Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall during the tenure of Conductor Laureate Kenneth Kiesler and has made appearances at the Ravinia Festival, Millennium Park in Chicago and the Illinois State Fair.


Additional information about the Illinois Symphony Orchestra is available at


The ISO is partially funded by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.