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Le Nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro). © The Princeton Festival

Princeton Festival Cancels June 2020 Season Due to COVID-19

Events in Fall, including annual Piano Competition, under consideration

Published on April 06, 2020

The Princeton Festival announced that it will cancel all 22 performances in its June 2020 season, along with all lectures, workshops, and special events scheduled for April through June, due to the coronavirus epidemic.

“We are taking this action to protect our artists, staff, and audiences from the spread of the COVID-19 Coronavirus,” said Benedikt von Schröder, Princeton Festival board chair. “This is in accord with directives and guidelines issued by federal and state governments and health officials.”

Events canceled include the opera La Traviata, the musical Into the Woods, the Latin jazz dance band Fleur Seule, a multimedia presentation, chamber music, and Baroque orchestral and choral programs. Current ticket holders will be offered options for redeeming, transferring, or donating the value of their purchases.

Festival officials say they are looking at the possibility of presenting a few performance events in the fall, assuming the crisis is past. The popular fund-raising Gala, originally scheduled for April, has already been moved to October. The annual Piano Competition and some musical performances might also be rescheduled.

“We appreciate the tremendous support from our patrons and donors who make it possible for the Festival to continue its mission to excite and inspire our community,” said Richard Tang Yuk, Executive and Artistic Director. “We’re planning for a brilliant lineup of events next June, and a fall mini-season would help everyone transition from disappointment to renewal.”

Senior Writer