Richard Lee

Richard Lee conducts the East Texas Symphony Orchestra. The ensemble has canceled the final performance of its 20192-2020 season.

Concerns about the spread of the coronavirus and instructions from government leaders to stay at home have caused organizations that host entertainment to change plans.

Organizations are rescheduling and canceling shows.

Smith County Judge Nathanial Moran has issued a stay at home order in effect through April 10 and President Donald Trump has requested people to follow social distancing guidelines of not meeting in groups through the end of April.

The East Texas Symphony Orchestra canceled the final performance of its 2019-2020 season. It was to present Haydn’s “Creation” with a large community choir on April 25. The orchestra previously canceled a concert that was set for March 28.

ETSO performs at the University of Texas at Tyler’s Cowan Center.

“After following the advice of the CDC, state and local health officials and the advice from our partners at the UT Tyler Cowan Center, it is with a heavy heart that we have also had to cancel both our March and April concerts,” says an announcement on ETSO’s website.

The organization is asking patrons to, instead of receiving a refund, consider donating the money back “so that we can help our musicians and keep our operations running smoothly for next season.”

The statement says:”Through the years, ETSO has weathered the impact of war, an ever changing economy and other events. All along, you, our patrons, have ensured that ETSO can continue to perform. Even though our March and April concerts have been canceled, there are still associated costs and obligations that ETSO bears including rent, utilities, staff and other expenses. Most importantly, many of our musicians have suffered heavy losses from cancelled events in addition to ours, and we are looking for ways to provide some relief to them.”

Administrators are also giving patrons the ability to move their ticket to a performance for next season.

The Cowan Center is working to reschedule some of the shows that it canceled.

“Beautiful: The Carole King Music” was originally set for March 26. “We are working with the show’s producers to find a new date,” says information from the venue.

The April 2 performance of “Menopause The Musical” has been rescheduled to Sept. 24. A lecture by Carly Fiorina set for April 14 has been canceled.

Tyler Civic Theatre has postponed its upcoming performances of “Rudyard Kipling’s “Just So Stories.”

“This is the best and safest decision for our actors and our patrons due to the continued spread of COVID-19 and based on the latest recommendations by the CDC,” said a statement from the theater. “Though we are disappointed to postpone shows, we must do what is best for the community.”

As of March 30, the theater had not announced a new date for “Just So Stories” nor whether upcoming performances of “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” set for May 8-17 would go on as scheduled.

Liberty Hall, which is operated by the city of Tyler and is temporarily closed to the public, also has adjusted its scheduling. Its April 11 showing of “Singing in the Rain” is canceled. Refunds are being offered.

The Oil Palace has rescheduled two concerts that were to take place this spring.

The concert to be headlined by Jamey Johnson has been moved to Oct. 17 and the For King & Country concert is now set for June 4.

Danny Mogle has covered news in East Texas for decades. He currently focuses on arts, entertainment and human interest stories and serves as the editor of Lifestyles Magazine.

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