BATAVIA — Genesee Chorale, in light of coronavirus concerns, has canceled its spring 2020 season, including its previously scheduled May 1 and 3 concerts.
“Upon consideration of the safety of our members as well as the potential number of rehearsals to put together a concert in early May (if we are even able to assemble at that point), we have decided that this is the best decision for us at this time,” Chorale director Ric Jones wrote in an e-mail sent out to members Thursday.
Chorale Board of Directors members were unanimous in deciding to cancel the season, and also unanimous in their sadness at the necessity of doing so.
“Although I really love rehearsals and performing with the choir and I hate to see us lose out on the work we’ve done so far,” said Board member Lindsay Edwards, “I think canceling the spring season is probably the best and safest move given the unknown nature of what is to come.”
Board members will be meeting at a later, safer date, to discuss future plans. The cancellation of the spring season is a “sad but wise decision,” said Board President Janine Fagnan. She urged members to stay healthy and safe.
Jones said the Chorale has some exciting things coming up for the fall season, including an invitational.
“At this time,” he advised singers, “please focus on your safety and that of your loved ones. I look forward to making music together soon.”