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Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra cancels weekend concerts due to pandemic

The Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra on stage at The Forum in 2019

Once again, the pandemic will put a damper on plans for a local musical event.

The Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra announced that it will cancel its Jan. 22 to 23 Capital Blue Cross Pops concerts this weekend due to the current spike in COVID cases.

A lack of available COVID testing for musicians also prompted the cancellation, according to HSO.

“Our testing policy for musicians has been comprehensive from day one, and we will continue to do what we can to keep our players and audiences as safe as possible,” said Executive Director Matthew Herren. “It’s important to note that playing in an orchestra, particularly in a woodwind or brass section, involves an enormous, constant circulation of air.”

Earlier this month, HSO postponed its Jan. 8 to 9 Masterworks concerts due to COVID. They are working on rescheduling those, possibly in June.

According to HSO, ticket-holders were notified of the cancellation and offered refunds as well as other ticketing options. Patrons can contact the box office at with questions.

For more information on the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra, visit their website.

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