An update on the 2020-21 season

August 3, 2020


Dear Friends,

Thank you for your patience and support during the continuing pandemic. After a great deal of thought I am pleased to share with you the revised plan for our 50th season: 6 concerts running from January through June 2021. When we return to the stage, we will follow all social distancing guidelines, and most concerts will also be available at home.

Much of our 50th remains unchanged: our season opens in January with Montero Plays Mozart, and the premiere of MOB’s first ever commission: Spectacle of Light by Stacy Garrop. In February/March, we have Vivaldi and Friends with guest conductor John Butt followed by Baroque Fireworks, featuring Handel’s spectacular Music for the Royal Fireworks.

In April 2021 we will present The Complete Brandenburg Concertos (moved from October 2020), followed by Handel’s Messiah in May (moved from November 2020). Our first performance of the work in over 10 years, Messiah’s theme of rejuvenation makes it a particularly fitting choice as the first choral work in our season. Finally, we conclude with the program originally scheduled for May 2020, Musica Sacra, featuring Vivaldi’s uplifting Gloria and Allegri’s Miserere.

Get more information about the season here.

Should it be necessary to further review our plan due to health and safety concerns, we will of course do so as the well-being of our musicians and audience is always paramount.

Our golden jubilee will continue in September 2021, opening with Haydn’s Creation (moved from September 2020). Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, with its monumental forces, will move to April 2022. Finally, our annual Holiday Brass and Choral Concerts will resume in December 2021 (though we hope to have an online performance “gift” for you this Christmas!).

Before we get back on stage, I want to remind you that we will not be silent this fall! Many activities are planned, including:

  • A 9-concert broadcast series on WFMT starting August 19
  • John Eliot Gardiner and Jane Glover in conversation about Bach and Handel in September
  • A conversation with Nicholas Kraemer in August
  • Baroque Beautiful, our at-home gala benefit featuring a live virtual performance on October 23

More information will be forthcoming in our weekly emails. Sign up here

I can’t thank you enough for your loyalty and your generosity. Our musicians and Music Director Jane Glover can hardly wait to get back on stage and perform for you again.

Warm wishes,

Declan McGovern