In a move that was expected but highly disappointing nonetheless, the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra has canceled the 30th Annual Concerts in the Garden series, which was to have taken place June 5-July 2, in order to protect patrons, musicians, and staff from COVID-19.
"With heavy heart and much disappointment, the Board has made the difficult decision to cancel Concerts in the Garden for this year," said Board Chairman Mercedes T. Bass in a statement. "The Board, musicians, and staff were all looking forward to celebrating the 30th anniversary of this remarkable community program, but we face too many challenges this year due to the COVID-19 virus. We look forward to seeing you at the Botanic Garden in the summer of 2021."
The 2020 Concerts in the Garden series, taking place as always at Fort Worth Botanic Garden, was to have featured concerts celebrating Queen, the Rolling Stones, the Eagles, Elvis Presley, and Selena, as well as a special concert with Sarah Jaffe and the annual Old-Fashioned Family Fireworks Picnic over the Fourth of July.
"Knowing that canceling this festival would disappoint 35,000 patrons this summer, we have taken our time in making this decision," said Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra President and CEO, Keith Cerny, in a statement. "It is now clear, though, that with North Texas in only the early stages of reopening, we would face a wide range of financial and operational challenges in presenting a safe and financially successful festival this year. We greatly appreciate our patrons' support and understanding in this difficult time,”
Anyone with tickets to the 2020 Concerts in the Garden shows will have the option to exchange their tickets for other performances, request a refund, or donate them back as a tax-deductible donation.
All ticket holders will receive an email with instructions on how to request a ticket return and may also request their ticket return at fwsymphony.org or by calling the Box Office at 817-665-6500.