Chamber Music Kelowna cancels March 14 concert at RCA under provincial directive.
We are very sorry indeed to have to let you know that tomorrow’s concert has been cancelled. Many of you will have heard the directive from BC Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry regarding a ban on gatherings of more than 250 people. Of course, we defer to the public health experts in this matter.
On Wednesday, the artists originally announced for this Saturday’s event at Rotary Centre for the Arts, Robert DeMaine and Peter Takács, withdrew due to a travel ban which prevents Mr. Takács traveling to Kelowna from the United States. This travel ban was our first brush with the on-going Coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis.
On Thursday morning, we announced that a distinguished European cello-piano duo who have been performing in Canada and the US agreed to extend their North American tour to come to Kelowna to perform on Saturday. German cellist Leonard Elschenbroich and Ukrainian pianist Alexei Grynyuk were planning an all-Beethoven cello sonata program.
Then on Thursday afternoon about 4 o’clock, Dr. Henry held a news conference and announced new measures to slow the spread of the Coronavirus, including cancelling events for 250 or more participants. Our concert on Saturday has 293 ticket-holders. We do not feel we can proceed when there may be health risks to our supporters, the artists and the staff and volunteers at the RCA.
We are still working out with RCA the details of how to provide appropriate value to our subscribers and ticket-buyers for the lost performance. Options include issuing tax receipts for the value of the tickets, carrying individual credits in the system to be used for next season and issuing refunds according to the original method of payment. We will advise you of details as soon as we have worked them out with RCA.
We have, like many other organizations, incurred some expenses in connection with the lost event – especially expenses for the extraordinary travel costs incurred by Leonard Elschenbroich and Alexei Grynyuk to extend their North American tour. We are grateful that they were willing to help us out in a tight spot and do not want these young artists to suffer a large out-of-pocket loss. We hope, therefore, that many subscribers will decide to accept a 2020 tax receipt for the value of their tickets to Saturday’s concert.
Because you are so important to us and to the future of classical music in Kelowna, we hope you will feel free to call or email any of the board members listed below. We will do our best to answer any questions you may have. Thank you for your ongoing support of Chamber Music Kelowna.