Health and Safety
Sadly, we have had to cancel the 2020 Festival season. Subscribers and ticket holders have been contacted. If you have not received a message, please click here to let us know what you would like to do with your tickets.
May 1, 2020
We write to you today with the unfortunate news that the 2020 Colorado Music Festival has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Having sustained hope throughout these past months that presenting the Festival would be possible, we now accept that we are unable to ensure the health and safety of our beloved musicians, patrons, housing hosts, volunteers and staff – a responsibility we hold paramount.
One of the most powerful aspects of the Festival is the personal connection between our audience and orchestra, a bond developed over many years of remarkable artistry and appreciation. The staff and board of directors are all profoundly saddened by the loss of the Festival’s exceptional 2020 live performance season. However, no group will suffer the impact of this decision more than our Festival musicians and seasonal staff who have already lost wages from their home orchestras and other cancelled performances.
While you will certainly have the choice of a refund or credit on your ticket purchases, we ask you to consider supporting our Musician Fund by donating the value of your 2020 ticket purchase back to the Colorado Music Festival. Through this donation, you help to provide our musicians with the critical income they need to be sustained through an uncertain future.
If you are a 2020 ticket buyer, you will receive an email from the Chautauqua Box Office allowing you to choose how you would like us to process your tickets. Your options are:
- Donate your ticket value to support the CMF Musician Fund
- Donate a portion of your ticket value to support the CMF Musician Fund
- Credit your ticket value towards the 2021 season
- Receive a refund for your ticket value
If you have not received a message, please click here to let us know what you would like to do with your tickets.
Those who donate any portion of their ticket value towards the Musician Fund will be acknowledged in our 2021 concert program and will be invited to exclusive online events this summer featuring Colorado Music Festival musicians and guest artists. If you are unable to donate, please accept our gratitude for your interest in attending the Festival and we look forward to seeing you in 2021.
Planning for the 2021 Festival is underway and we are working to recapture the magical elements of the 2020 program we were so enthusiastic to share. Below you will find a video message from music director Peter Oundjian, which includes information about our upcoming 2020 Virtual Colorado Music Festival.
Even though we may not be able to visit with you in person this summer, we want to continue to be a presence in your life. If you have not already, please join our email list for notice of all Virtual Colorado Music Festival happenings.
As always, we wish you continued health and happiness.
President, Board of Directors
April 2, 2020
As I’ve witnessed the impact of COVID-19 unfold upon our musical community worldwide, I find it most compelling to see musicians band together to support each other, share each other’s uplifting performances, and serve as beacons of happiness and compassion to one another and the world.
As we approach the scheduled opening of the Colorado Music Festival season on June 25th, we hope to have the opportunity to rally our community together in celebration of music and these musicians who have lost so much. As of now, we are working towards the goal of opening the 2020 season as scheduled. We will continue to keep a close eye on updates from local authorities regarding public gatherings and will have a better understanding of the potential impact on concerts and events as we get closer to the summer.
I hope to be able to come together with you this summer in Boulder to celebrate our shared humanity through the power and love of music. But of course, your health and safety as well as the health and safety of our musicians and staff will always come first. Thank you for your continued support.
March 16, 2020
Dear Friends of the Festival,
I am deeply saddened to witness the impact of the coronavirus on many of our own Festival musicians and peer institutions throughout the world, yet heartened to see so many individuals offering support to those impacted. Like me, many of you have undoubtedly made the decision to donate your ticket refunds. On behalf of the industry, I thank you for your kindness and consideration.
The Colorado Music Festival 2020 season is scheduled to open on June 25, over three months away. We are not making any changes to our planned program at this time, but the Board of Directors and I are paying close attention to the situation and standing by to make appropriate decisions if and when necessary. The health and well-being of our patrons, staff, musicians, and community is of primary importance to us.
Here’s what you need to know about the 2020 Colorado Music Festival:
- We continue to prepare for our summer season at Chautauqua Auditorium.
- Single tickets are currently on sale. We want you to purchase with confidence, so have adjusted our 2020 ticket policies to allow for full refunds of any concerts that may be subject to cancellation (excluding ticketing fees). We will continue to allow for ticket exchanges within the Festival season.
- We will keep a close eye on alerts from our local authorities regarding public gatherings, and as we get closer to concert dates will have a better grasp on potential impact on Festival activities.
My sincere hope is that our Festival can serve as a much-needed respite from this large-scale social and cultural void, in which case we will celebrate our time together even more. In the meantime, I will keep you updated about any changes.
Why are you cancelling the Festival?
Outlined here are a few of the factors we considered when making the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Colorado Music Festival:
Travel and Housing
Festival musicians from across the globe travel to Boulder each summer. Musicians are housed with local hosts or live in shared apartments. We did not believe we could ensure the health and safety of our musicians and hosts under these circumstances.
Many of you can imagine the challenges of social distancing from the audience perspective. While reducing the audience size to allowable numbers would not be a sustainable practice for the organization, there were other factors that outweighed our financial concerns:
- The Festival Orchestra is comprised of approximately 100 individuals who use sit in proximity. Chamber Orchestra performances utilize approximately 32 musicians. Reasonable social distancing would not be possible on stage.
- Members of the Festival wind and brass sections would not be able to perform wearing protective masks. Those within and surrounding these sections are also at risk due to the condensation produced by playing the instruments.
We look forward to safely returning to the Chautauqua Auditorium stage in 2021!
Why are ticketing fees not refunded?
Ticket fees cover the cost of ticketing software, box office staff, and credit card fees, which have already been absorbed by our organization. We appreciate your understanding in allowing us to recover these expenses.