Press Release, July 1st 2020

Contact: Gayle Peterson,, 415.902.8782

PRESS RELEASE: Marin Symphony To Cancel Fall and Holiday 2020 Concerts

SAN RAFAEL, CA — The Marin Symphony announced today the cancellation of all concerts through December 31, 2020 due to COVID-19. The cancelled performances reflect the first part of the Symphony’s 2020-21 Season, and include the Fall Pops, Masterworks 1, Holiday Choral, and Holiday Pops concerts. These concerts were scheduled for dates in September, October, and December 2020 at the Marin Civic Center and the Church of Saint Raphael, both located in San Rafael. “While we are deeply disappointed not to be able to present these concerts, we know this action is necessary to ensure the safety of our orchestra, chorus, staff, and patrons. The Symphony is planning to return to full concert activity as soon as it’s safe and sensible, and is developing alternative programming in the interim. We are hopeful things will line up for a return to the stage in January, and that we’ll be able to keep our scheduled dates for the rest of our 2020-21 Season,” said Marin Symphony Association Executive Director, Tod Brody.

During the past several months, the Symphony has presented a weekly video series of “Conversations with Music Director Alasdair Neale”. Each episode features interviews with the Maestro and members of the orchestra, guest artists, and staff. They typically conclude with a musical performance. The Symphony plans to continue these well-received videos throughout the summer and fall months. The conversations and performances are available through emails, the Symphony’s website, and its YouTube Channel.

The Symphony has also continued its highly successful Youth Performance Programs with group Master Classes via Zoom. It is currently developing plans to offer an array of educational and performance opportunities to students starting in September. The Symphony’s support for school music teachers is also ongoing, as their plans for fall curriculum develop.


Patrons who purchased season tickets to the cancelled performances have been informed and are being given the options of either 1) Converting the value of their tickets into a tax-deductible contribution to the Marin Symphony Annual Fund; 2) Receiving a credit to be applied to the Marin Symphony 2021-22 season; 3) Receiving a full refund.

At this time, subscription renewals are still available for the remainder of the season and can be ordered online or by calling the Marin Symphony office at 415-479-8100.


Now in its 69th season, the Marin Symphony typically presents four pairs of classical concerts in the Marin Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium from October through April. Additionally, specialty concerts and events such as a Fall Pops (which opens the season in September), and a Spring Pops (which closes the season in May), Holiday Concerts by Candlelight, Holiday Pops, and a Family Concert are offered with pride to the community for its inspiration and enrichment.

In the words of Executive Director Tod Brody, “We’re all about serving all the people of Marin, with the power, beauty, and solace of great classical music as our medium. From our work with students, seniors, and community-based organizations, to the concert stage, Marin Symphony musicians are making a positive difference, creating musical value and joy.”

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The acclaimed Marin Symphony Orchestra, established in 1951, presents classical Masterworks and Pops concerts in the Marin Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium and other venues in Marin. Under the music direction of Alasdair Neale, about to begin his 20th season, more than 80 professional symphony musicians, 110 chorus members and world-class guest artists come together to bring live classical music performances of the highest quality to the community. Over 150 musicians participate in the Symphony’s youth programs, including the Marin Symphony Youth Orchestra, Crescendo, and Overture ensembles, and thousands more are served through its Symphony@Schools program. Discover more at or call 415.479.8100.