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Victoria Symphony has announced the suspension of their 2020-21 season due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The announcement is in compliance with the province’s Restart plan which does not allow for gatherings of more than 50 people until Phase 4, which begins after a vaccine, effective treatment, or immunity is achieved.

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“We’ve been overwhelmed by the kindness and generosity of our community in response to the COVID-19 pandemic,” said CEO Kathryn Laurin in a statement.

“Now more than ever it is critical to ensure a vibrant and sustainable future for our wonderful symphony orchestra. We look forward to welcoming our audiences back to the concert hall to experience live symphonic music as soon as we are able to perform safely.”

The announcement comes after the organization cancelled the 31st annual Symphony Splash this year, an event that regularly draws crowds of over 40,000 spectators from all over the world.

For this year, the Symphony plans to move performances to a virtual platform through a “digital concert hall” that can be accessed by all.

Everyone who has subscriptions for the 2020-21 year can either receive a refund, apply their subscription for the 2021-22 season, or donate their tickets back to the Victoria Symphony.

Patrons can choose one of the following by contacting the Symphony at 250.385.6515 or emailing boxoffice@victoriasymphony.ca.