Important 2020 Notice

To our cherished Festival audience,

We hope this message finds you safe and healthy. Our hearts are with everyone in the Great Lakes region during this difficult time. The challenges facing us are real and, in many cases, existential. Yet challenging moments remind us of what is important. At the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival, we are grateful to have you as a member of our family.

We regret to inform you that the June 13-28 Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival, as scheduled, will not take place. This is not a decision that was made lightly, and the message is one that you have likely been expecting. The health and safety of our artists, audience and staff come first. A state of uncertainty continues to define the COVID-19 pandemic and we will adjust our plans going forward as necessary.

The “Visions & Revisions” theme of the 2020 Festival, encompassing artists and repertoire, is now planned to form the basis for the June 2021 Festival, essentially delaying the current Festival program one year. For 2020, dependent entirely on the progression of COVID-19, a late-August abbreviated Festival is under consideration in whatever form possible; details will follow when defined.

While society is on pause, our human desire to gather together and experience the art of live music continues to inspire. We are exploring all options for sharing live music in some form with you, our Festival family. In the coming weeks we should have a better picture of what is possible through the end of August. Our planning will continue to place the health and safety of our patrons and musicians first.

Daily social media posts will continue, as well as weekly emails. A newsletter will be sent via US mail to all Festival addresses within the next week; if audience feedback is favorable, we will continue periodic newsletters.

We are also investigating live streamed “Virtual Vignettes,” offering a short concert followed with conversation, so that our audience can enjoy the music and camaraderie of the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival safely from home. Each Vignette would be modest in size, striving for chamber music’s signature feeling of an intimate dialogue between musician and audience.

During these trying times, your generosity will help us more than ever to ensure the arts remain strong and intact with an optimistic future. Please consider making a contribution today. Your gift will enable great chamber music to return to our community when it is safe. When it finally does, we hope you will come and join us.

Thank you for being part of our Festival family.

The Board of Directors and Staff of the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival

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