Princeton Festival cancels June 2020 season due to coronavirus pandemic

The Princeton Festival organizers announced Monday that all June 2020 season performances have been canceled, along with all lectures, workshops, and special events scheduled for April through June, due to the coronavirus outbreak.

“We are taking this action to protect our artists, staff, and audiences from the spread of COVID,” said Benedikt von Schröder, the chairman of the Princeton Festival board. “This is in accord with directives and guidelines issued by federal and state governments and health officials.”

Events canceled include the opera “La Traviata,” the musical “Into the Woods”, the Latin jazz dance band Fleur Seule, a multimedia presentation, chamber music, and Baroque orchestral and choral programs. Current ticket holders will be offered options for redeeming, transferring, or donating the value of their purchases.

Festival organizers said they are looking at the possibility of presenting a few performance events in the fall, assuming the crisis is past. The Princeton Festival’s fundraising gala, originally scheduled for April, has already been moved to October. The annual piano competition and some musical performances might also be rescheduled.

“We appreciate the tremendous support from our patrons and donors who make it possible for the festival to continue its mission to excite and inspire our community,” said Richard Tang Yuk, executive, and artistic director. “We’re planning for a brilliant lineup of events next June, and a fall mini-season would help everyone transition from disappointment to renewal.”

For more information about the Princeton Festival or the June performance cancellations, visit www.princetonfestival.org or call 609-759-1979.