We hope you are staying healthy and safe during this global health crisis and massive shutdown. We’re all monitoring the news and looking for any indication that things might improve soon. Here at the Festival, we’re hoping to be able to have summer concerts, but our season will be different from what was originally planned. Our opening concert by the Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society, originally scheduled for June 12, has already been postponed until 2021. We cancelled our two-week chamber music camp in July, but hope to bring the camp faculty, distinguished performers as well as teachers, to town for a few concerts in July or August. We’re in touch with all of our performers, trying to make a Plan B, Plan C, whatever we can do to avoid cancelling the concert season entirely. We expect to make an official announcement about the 2020 season by early May.
Meanwhile, we’ve been sharing tidbits of interest and inspiration on our Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/greenlakefestival/. We invite you to follow us there.
The global economic impact of the coronavirus and COVID-19 pandemic is certainly catastrophic. The music world is feeling this directly. As a non-profit organization, cancelling a performance is one of the hardest decisions to make ― but the health and well-being of our audiences, musicians, choral participants, and staff absolutely come first. We are also painfully aware that all of our artists are suffering from months of cancelled performances, resulting in little or no income, and it is our fervent hope to be able to pay our performers a portion of their fees even if we are not able to reschedule their concerts.
We know that it is not only performers who are suffering economically from this worldwide crisis. The Green Lake Festival expects to feel economic effects of this crisis well into the future, as will most nonprofit organizations. As will many if not most of our local businesses. Our fervent hope, however, is that with your help, we will be able to shine the light of music into our area of Wisconsin in the latter half of the summer, healing souls who’ve been starved of being able to experience exquisite live music in community. When we can finally gather, it’s going to be a beautiful thing. It’s going to be joyous!
Until then, be well, stay safe, and stay tuned.
Interim Executive & Artistic Director