Concord Orchestra Communications: Covid-19 and impact on the 2020 - 2021 Season

January 14, 2021


Due to the continuing high Covid-19 rates here in Massachusetts the Concord Orchestra has been unable to rehearse in December and January. We will reassess the situation as we head into February 2021 and let you all know how our efforts evolve.


November 22, 2020


The Concord Orchestra had a great couple of weeks rehearsing with Channing Yu in October. Unfortunately, as October drew to a close, we became increasingly concerned about the Covid-19 surge here in Massachusetts and decided it was unwise to continue rehearsing for the December concert cycle. We will reassess the situation as we head into the winter and let you all know how our efforts evolve.

October 6, 2020


We are very happy to let you know that 51 Walden has successfully reopened, COVID-19 protocols are in place, and members of the Concord Orchestra have been safely rehearsing in the building since September 8th!

Our musicians are very excited to be playing together again in smaller groups. We are currently having short weekly string orchestra rehearsals and small brass ensemble rehearsals. We've been reading and rehearsing with conductor Eric Culver, learning how to listen, play, and be a cohesive ensemble with fewer musicians, sitting far apart, and wearing masks when possible.

While it's been great experience for us, it is too soon for us to perform a concert. So, the October concerts are cancelled.

However, we are looking ahead and will soon start rehearsing music with conductor Channing Yu for the string orchestra version of the December concert. We very much hope that December concerts will take place.

August 27, 2020

Dear supporters and friends,

The Concord Orchestra has been creatively exploring ways to resume live performances at 51 Walden. Like so many performing arts groups, we are facing the tremendous uncertainties brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.

In addition, we are saddened to report that our long time Music Director, Richard Pittman, will not join us this season for health reasons. While we greatly miss his leadership, we are forging ahead.

Over the last few months, we have been planning our 2020-2021 season. We are optimistic that we will resume making music and presenting concerts at some point during the season and are very excited to be working with four New England based guest conductors. Our aspiration is to perform, be safe, and be flexible!


The 2020 – 2021 Season

While planning our season, we have enjoyed exploring music for groups of different sizes and configurations. We have found some real gems that we hope to perform for you!

For each concert set our guest conductors are creating two possible programs, one for full orchestra and another for reduced size chamber orchestra.

As we progress through the season, we will decide whether or not we can perform each concert set and also select the concert programs to fit the current public health guidelines.

Covid-19 Safety

We are actively consulting with 51 Walden and the Town of Concord as they develop guidelines for use of the building. We want to ensure a safe environment for both musicians and audience members. We expect the guidelines to include social distancing and this will reduce both the size of the orchestra and the audience.  A socially distanced live concert will most likely be for chamber orchestra (8 – 22 musicians) with an audience limit of 50 – 60.

We will publish the guidelines here on our website once they are available.

Subscriptions and Tickets

Due the current uncertainty and the reduced hall capacity, we are choosing not to offer 2020-2021 season subscriptions.

We will sell individual, general admission tickets approximately two weeks prior to each concert, giving priority to past subscribers.