Dear Friends and Patrons of Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra & Chorale,
As we communicated to you here, the current situation surrounding COVID-19 is ongoing and ever-changing, and we have been constantly and carefully reviewing the very latest information from the Center for Disease Control and the various public health departments across the Bay Area. Yesterday, the mayor of San Francisco London Breed, the San Francisco Department of Public Health, and the Department of Emergency Management announced new recommendations for San Francisco to prevent the spread of COVID-19. By order of the Mayor, all events at the War Memorial (including Herbst Theatre and our performance) have been cancelled for the next two weeks.
Furthermore, Stanford University—along with all major universities in the area—has banned large public gatherings, which caused our performance at Bing Concert Hall next week to be cancelled and relocated to First United Methodist Church in Palo Alto. After the move to the new venue, we received word from Santa Clara County (the county in which Palo Alto resides) yesterday that they had issued the same recommendation, urging groups to cancel all large public gatherings.
Because we expect other Bay Area municipalities to announce closures (e.g. Berkeley), we have made the difficult but necessary decision to cancel all of our planned subscription performances of Romantic Reflections.
In rare and difficult situations like this one, we ask kindly that you donate your tickets back to Philharmonia to help us weather the financial impact, and we will issue a receipt for your tax-deductible gift. You may also exchange your ticket for any of our April performances or receive a Gift Certificate for the value of your ticket toward a ticket purchase for the 2020/21 season.
Our box office is open Monday through Friday from 10AM to 5PM at (415) 295-1900. You may also email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We appreciate your patience and understanding, and as always, we are grateful for your patronage and loyalty.