COVID-19 Update

Categories: News & Updates
 

Update: April 27, 2020

Dear WSO Family,

In the best interests of all our neighbors and in light of the continued health situation the WSO is, unfortunately, canceling both of our recently postponed concerts. The health situation in Southwestern PA thankfully continues to improve and for that we are grateful! After reviewing our options and the new health guidance from the state, we feel it the most prudent step at this moment.   

We will see each other when it is safe to gather again!  Most importantly, our two main tenants of our mission will guide us moving forward. The WSO will remain an active partner to you to provide resounding musical experiences. 

Likewise, the WSO will continue to educate and enrich the lives of our region both in-person and online! Also, we are developing digital concert presentation options should the situation dictate for next season.

We thank you for your continued patience, support, and flexibility as we move forward. 

Stay Well,
Endy Reindl
Executive Director

Ticket Options:
This cancellation will have a significant financial impact on the Orchestra.  We are grateful for the deep generosity of our neighbors and ask that, whenever possible, that you consider donating your tickets for a tax refund or a voucher next season. We recognize the effect of this health crisis on our community and know that we are thinking of you.

As a nonprofit arts organization, the Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra relies on the audience we serve. By donating your tickets, you are providing crucial support for the music and the 17,000+ individuals we serve annually, including over 3,000 area children through our educational programs. Please consider donating your tickets back to the WSO and receive a donation receipt.  *As part of the federal stimulus, you can now claim an additional $300 on your taxes for a charitable deduction.

Subscribers:

  • Donate your tickets for a tax credit.
  • Exchange your tickets for next season or apply them toward your 2020-2021 season renewal. (We are working on digital concert presentation options should the situation dictate)

Single Ticket Holders:

  • Donate your tickets for a tax credit.
  • Exchange your tickets for a voucher for next season. (We are working on digital concert presentation options should the situation dictate)
  • Exchange your tickets for a gift certificate to use for future performances.

Any Questions? Call us at (724) 837-1850 or [email protected].

*Ticket Buyers will have until 05/20/2020 to decide what they would like to do with their tickets.  After that point, any tickets we have not heard about will be treated as a donation to the WSO.



Update: March 24, 2020

Dear Members of the Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra Family,

For 51 years the Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra has performed, educated, and enriched the lives of thousands of our neighbors. We recognize as our highest priority the safety and well-being of our patrons, musicians, and staff. The Executive Committee met on March 23rd to discuss our upcoming concert Italian Opera Fest on April 25, 2020. In light of the growing number of cases in our region and a continued abundance of caution, the committee has decided to POSTPONE this concert.

Please know that we are very grateful for each and every person involved with the symphony from single ticket buyers, subscribers, donors, volunteers, and so many more people. We would not be the orchestra we are today without your continued support.  Please know at this moment we are working to select a new date for this concert which will be prudent for all. Likewise, we have also POSTPONED our annual gala, Roaring Rhapsody, originally scheduled for May 1, 2020, to September 25, 2020.

We have outlined the following actions for ticket buyers:

  1. Donate Your Ticket: The WSO needs your support more than ever! As a nonprofit arts organization, the Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra relies on the financial support of the audience we perform for. In light of postponing two concerts and our major fundraiser, your donation will help make an impact.  We want above all, to be able to return to come back and present great music to you.  By donating your ticket, you are providing vital support for the music and musicians that inspire and connect our region. Not to mention all of the children involved in our education programs and 2,000+ students we reach annually through our Young People’s Concerts. Please consider donating your tickets back to the symphony and receive a tax donation receipt.
  2. Exchange Your Tickets: Ticket buyers from either Irish Rhapsody or Italian Opera Fest may exchange their ticket for a comparable seat once new concert dates have been announced. We appreciate your patience as we work to determine a date that is safe for all of you to join us again to celebrate great music!
  3. Receive a Ticket Voucher to be used for a Classical Concert next season: Concert dates for our 52nd season will be announced in April, but generally are held in October, February, March, and May.

If you would like to discuss your wishes with us please reach us at (724) 837-1850 or by e-mail at [email protected]

As an orchestra, formed by our amazing neighbors, we are blessed to create resounding musical experiences for our neighbors.  I hope you are enjoying our new series, WSO to Go, on our social media channels.

We will post new videos, photos and more of our amazing musicians to hopefully provide you with a moment of calm. Thank you for your understanding as this situation continues to update.

With Kindest Regards,
Endy Reindl
Executive Director

 


Update: March 17, 2020

Dear Members of the Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra Family,

In these difficult times, I hope this message finds you well.  I wanted to share a quick update with you.  In light of the new recommendations from the CDC and the PA Department of Health, we are working to identify an appropriate and prudent time to reschedule.  Likewise, we are also evaluating our other scheduled concerts and events.  All Academy of Music activities are also on hiatus at the moment.  Above all, during this time our goal is to promote safe health practices for both our great audience and our talented musicians.  Please know that we will post updates as soon as we can.  Please enjoy our new WSO to Go series to provide you with moments of musical escape while we hunker down at home.  Check our social media channels for more information.

With Kind Regards,
Endy Reindl,
WSO Executive Director


March 12, 2020

Irish Rhapsody Update

The Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra recognizes as its highest priority the safety and well-being of our musicians, patrons, and staff.  The Executive Committee of the board of directors met on 3/11/2020 to discuss our upcoming concert Irish Rhapsody (03/14/2020).  In light of the current health situation due to novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and out of an abundance of caution, the committee has decided it is in the best interest of our organization to POSTPONE this weekend’s concert.

We are cognizant that there has not been a confirmed case of COVID-19 in our region, for which we are thankful. We are also cognizant of the emergency disaster declaration for the state of Pennsylvania and the recommendations of the CDC to practice social distancing.  Please know at this moment that we are working to select a new date for this concert which will be prudent for all.  We ARE moving forward with our Italian Opera Fest concert scheduled for April 25, 2020 and our annual gala, Roaring Rhapsody, scheduled for May 1, 2020.

We have outlined the following actions for ticket buyers:

  • Retain your current seats for the rescheduled concert. (Current tickets will be valid for the new date and a reprinted ticket will not be necessary)
  • Receive a ticket voucher to be used for a classical concert next season. (Concert dates for our 52nd season will be announced in April, but generally are in October, February, March, and May)
  • Donate your ticket. (As a nonprofit arts organization, the Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra relies on the audience we perform for.  By donating your tickets in lieu of a refund, you are providing vital support for the music and musicians that inspire and connect our region.  Please consider donating your tickets back to the Westmoreland Symphony and receive a tax donation receipt.

 Please contact the WSO office to discuss your wishes at (724) 837-1850 or by e-mail at [email protected].

 As an orchestra, we are grateful to create a wonderful and joyful musical experience for our region.  Thank you for your understanding as this situation continues to update.

With Kindest Regards,
Endy Reindl
Executive Director

 

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