COVID-19

Updated May 19, 2020

A MESSAGE FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Dear Friends and Patrons:

In late April we revised our calendar to move all remaining concerts into summer. Since then, the projected trajectory of the pandemic has lengthened. The Governor’s recently unveiled Safe Start Plan makes it clear that reopening the state will be a longer process than envisioned. Regretfully, we have therefore suspended all live performances through August.

However, this does not mean that we’re going away! Now more than ever, people need beautiful music; and so, we are taking this opportunity to innovate—and fulfill our mission in a different way.

For now, online performances will replace previously scheduled live concerts. These will include a webcast with members of our string section in June; and performances with violinist Chee-Yun and trumpeter Byron Stripling in July and August. You’ll see the Orchestra in a whole new way—and best of all, you can do so whenever you like, from the comfort of your own living room. Watch for details on this website in the near future.

If you want to hold out for live music while retaining the full value of your outstanding concerts, our new WMS MusicFutures Pass is an easy, convenient solution. Just mail your tickets to all remaining concerts in by June 10 to: 360 W. Western Avenue, Suite 200, Muskegon MI 49440. Include a note requesting a MusicFutures Pass for the full credit of your tickets. You’ll receive your Pass within several weeks.

If you prefer a refund, follow the same procedure: mail your tickets back by June 10 with a request note, and we’ll take care of it. We are committed to ensuring you the full value of your ticket purchase. Call the office at 231/726-3231 if you have questions.

This time has created uncertainty for all of us. With your support, we will continue to provide life-changing music for you—however we can! We miss you, and we look forward to resuming live concerts—and in the meantime, to playing for you online.

Stay well,

 

Andrew C. Buelow
Executive Director

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The following concerts are cancelled:

• June 12 – Afro-American Symphony & West Side Story (rescheduled from March 13)
A video concert will be offered to all ticket holders – details to be announced

• July 1 – Mahler’s “Resurrection” (rescheduled from June 5)

• July 10 – The Four Seasons with violinist Chee-Yun (rescheduled from May 15)
A video concert will be offered to all ticket holders – details to be announced

• August 15 – Mardi Gras in Muskegon with Byron Stripling (rescheduled from April 17)
A video concert will be offered to all ticket holders – details to be announced

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Please note: To support efforts to contain COVID-19 and follow direction from our public health leaders for social distancing, WMS staff members are working from secure, remote locations and ready to assist you over the phone during regular business hours, Mon–Fri, 11 am – 4:30 pm. We will be ceasing in-person service until further notice. The Frauenthal Center Box Office is closed as well in observance of Michigan’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order.