SAN ANGELO, TX – The San Angelo Pops Concert has been shut down for the second year in a row because of the pandemic.
According to the Executive Director Courtney Mahaffey of the San Angelo Symphony, on May 19, due to the late timing of the CDC’s most recent COVID-19 guidelines and the loss of critical sponsorship funding, the San Angelo Symphony has made the difficult decision to postpone a live in person July Pops Concert until July 3rd, 2022.
“Like so many other local non-profit organizations, the continued impact of COVID-19 has not been lost on our organization and while the Symphony has successfully worked over the past 14 months to adapt and provide virtual access to live music and music education in addition to our regular digital 2020-2021 concert season, the unpredictable nature of the pandemic has created a level of uncertainty that will follow us into the 2021-2022 concert season,” said Mahaffey.
The pops concert was also canceled last year as it was in the heat of the COVID-19 pandemic.
"The Symphony Board of Directors and staff have already begun planning for the 2022 July 3rd Pops Concert and Fireworks Extravaganza and look forward to welcoming everyone back to the River Stage next year,” said Mahaffey
Maestro Hector Guzman expressed in the release how important the arts were to San Angelo.
“The performing arts are an important thread in the fabric that make San Angelo a unique community and we are proud that our artistic and educational efforts help to enhance the quality of life for so many. We are looking forward to continuing the music in the concert hall and welcoming our patrons back to the Murphey for live and in-person performances during the 2021-2022 season,” shared Guzman. "We appreciate the community’s understanding and continued support.It is because of local businesses and individuals’ commitment to the performing arts that we will continue to thrive post Covid-19."
If everything goes as planned the Pops Concert will return in 2022.