ASO ticket holders get Nov. 1 deadline for Isabel-cancellation concert swaps

Arundel Live

October 23, 2003|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

Nov. 1 is the deadline for ticket holders to two Annapolis Symphony Orchestra performances canceled because of Tropical Storm Isabel to exchange their tickets for other classic series performances this season.

Power outages forced the orchestra to cancel concerts Sept. 19 and 20 that were to feature Daniel Hege, music director of New York's Syracuse Symphony, and the Perlman-Schmidt-Bailey Trio.

"The hurricane presented a very unique set of circumstances where we had, in fact, incurred the majority of our expenses, and yet could not present the concerts due to a power failure beyond our control," board Chairman Hunter F. Calloway and Executive Director R. Lee Streby wrote in an Oct. 21 letter to the community.

The orchestra did not reschedule the concerts or offer refunds. ASO officials noted that it is a nonprofit with less than half of its expenses covered by ticket sales. The symphony is also relying on a rotation of guest conductors this season, and many have other bookings.

Calloway and Streby thanked patrons - about half - who have chosen to "donate" their tickets or not seek exchanges.

"We look forward to presenting an outstanding season for all of our patrons for the remainder of the concert year," they wrote.

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