Pensacola Symphony Orchestra - Peter Rubardt, Music Director Pensacola Symphony Orchestra - Peter Rubardt, Music Director


August 25, 2020 Update

We hope that you are well and keeping safe. During the past few months, so many of you have reached out to ask about your Pensacola Symphony Orchestra. The depth of our gratitude for your support cannot be overstated. While much is still unknown, the strength of this community will carry us all through challenging times.

After monitoring the developments of the current public health crisis and after much discussion, we have decided to postpone the start of our season and alter a portion of our programming out of concern for you, our patrons, and our musicians. Your health is our priority, but we all miss the joy that comes from the communal experience of live music.

We have made these difficult decisions about the season guided by the following objectives:

  • Ensuring the health and safety of our patrons, musicians, staff and volunteers
  • Preserving the vitality of the organization
  • Continuing to innovate and add value to our community

It has become clear that to accomplish each of these objectives, the following changes must be made:

Rescheduling Concerts

  • Our first three Masterworks concerts have been rescheduled for later during the 2020-21 season.
  • Our two Pops concerts have been rescheduled for the 2021-22 season.
    Celebrate the New Year! Ella & Louis will be presented December 31, 2021.
    Come Fly with Me: Music of Sinatra & More will be presented February 12, 2022.
  • Home for the Holidays Featuring Ashley Brown will be rescheduled for the 2021-22 season. This event is an add-on concert and is not part of our traditional Masterworks or Pops Series.

Subscribers for these concerts do not need to take action as your tickets will be honored on the rescheduled dates.

Reimagining Programming
In an effort to increase safety for patrons and musicians, we will be adjusting the programming for some of our concerts, allowing for a smaller orchestra and shorter programs (around one hour) without an intermission. In making these changes, we hope to limit musicians’ and patrons’ exposure to others while providing a stellar musical experience and retaining our guest artists. With the changes outlined, the 2020-21 season will be presented as follows:

February 20, 2021 – Opening Night! featuring Copland’s Appalachian Spring and Paul Huang playing Brahms’ Violin Concerto

March 6, 2021 – Russian Spectacular (Add-On Concert) featuring Prokofiev’s Classical Symphony and Jeffrey Biegel playing Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1                        

March 20, 2021 – Beethoven & Blue Jeans featuring Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3, “Eroica”

April 24, 2021 – Masterworks III

May 15, 2021 – Masterworks IV

June 26, 2021 – Masterworks V

It is possible that we may need to assign socially distanced seating for some of these concerts, so you will not be receiving your tickets at this time. Rest assured; your seats are still on record and locked in for all future concerts that are seated traditionally and for you to renew during the 2021-22 season! For subscribers who are uncomfortable attending in person, we will be offering a streaming option for you to enjoy the orchestra from the comfort of your own home. As we know more in January 2021, we will be reaching out to you with additional information.

Reinvesting in our Community
We will not be on the stage this fall, but we will be sharing new opportunities to stay connected and hear the music that we all love. It is during times like these that we need music the most.

We understand that you might have questions regarding these changes, and we are happy to help answer them! Please reach out to us by emailing or calling our offices at 850.435.2533 between 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Monday – Friday. Should you have the desire to make any changes to your tickets, we pledge to be flexible, empathetic and accommodating.

After 95 years, your Pensacola Symphony is determined to return to the stage as soon as it is safe to do so. While we may not be together at our beloved Saenger Theatre this fall, we promise to continue to be there for you as you have been for us.

Until we gather again, we wish the best of health for you and your loved ones.


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