The McKnight Center announced the suspension of performances for the fall semester until the following January due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Several fall performances were rescheduled, but other events had to be canceled with hopes of them taking place in future seasons because of artist availability.
Mark A. Blakeman, the Marilynn and Carl Thoma executive director, sent the announcement in an email Monday morning. He said the decision was necessary to ensure safety for all people involved with the venue.
“We have made the difficult decision to suspend performances until January 2021,” Blakeman said. “We look forward to joining you in the audience when it is once again safe to do so.”
The revised 2020-2021 season calendar is available on the McKnight Center’s website. Three socially-distanced concerts are still cleared to go on. Attendees who already bought tickets should expect an email within 24 hours explaining options and more information.
Safety precautions for upcoming performances comply with CDC guidelines with all guests and staff required to wear masks. Hand sanitizing stations will also be posted throughout the building.
The news comes after the early cancellation of the performing arts center’s inaugural season this past March because of coronavirus concerns.