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Select Symphony And Performing Arts Events Across Iowa Postponed

Des Moines Symphony
Public health organizations across the world have recommended social distancing as a way to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Events and public gatherings of all kinds are being canceled in order to help slow the spread of COVID-19 across the state of Iowa. If you have tickets to a show or event in the coming month, we recommend checking in with the hosting organization to ensure it’s not been canceled or postponed.

The Des Moines Symphony is postponing the performance of Carmina Burana originally scheduled for March 14 and 15 and will announced on or before April 1 whether there will be additional cancellations.

The Quad Cities Symphony Orchestra, the Southeast Iowa Symphony Orchestra, and the Des Moines Civic Center are also postponing concerts and shows through at least March 22.

On Friday, the Des Moines Book Festival announced it would cancel this year’s festival, and the Englert Theatre in Iowa City emailed patrons saying will postpone all events until Wednesday, April 8.

We at Iowa Public Radio and the Friends of KHKE/KUNI are canceling the concert planned on March 21 featuring Kevin Morby, Hand Habits and Penny Peach.

Many of these organizations, including us, are offering ticket refunds or exchanges, or will be rescheduling previously planned performances.

In a press release to community members, the Englert Theatre asked patrons to please wait for the announcement of new dates before making a decision about exchanging or refunding tickets.

“As a nonprofit organization navigating a challenging period, we are extremely appreciative of any patron who donates the cost of their ticket in lieu of a refund,” the theatre wrote.

If you can afford to follow this advice for all performing arts organizations and concert venues in Iowa, it’s important at this time to recognize that continued closures across the state will have a large impact on performing arts centers and the musicians and artists that rely on those events for their income. 

To find the most recent updates about the spread of COVID-19 in Iowa from Iowa Public Radio's news team, go here. To find updates and guidance from the Iowa Public Health Department, go here. 

Lindsey Moon is IPR's Senior Digital Producer
Jacqueline Halbloom is a Sr. Music Producer and Classical Music Host