November 2, 2020

Dear Parlance Family,

It is with sadness that I am writing to announce the postponement of Parlance Chamber Concerts’s 2020 – 2021 season. Unfortunately, the recent spike in Covid-19 cases and the increased number of hospitalizations in our area and elsewhere in the country have forced us to reevaluate our plans for the coming season. 

As always, the safety and security of our audience members, artists, staff, and volunteers are our highest priority. With this in mind:

  • PCC’s board members have come to the  unanimous conclusion that it would be too risky to invite our audience members to attend live events at this time, no matter how stringently we devise and enforce social-distancing protocols.
  • We feel that the special qualities of intimacy and social interaction that characterize our events could not be effectively sustained under severely restricted, socially-distanced protocols or through live-streamed presentations.
  • Also, many of our 2020 – 2021 artists were scheduled to come to Ridgewood from out-of-state and out-of-country locations. Given the current range of travel restrictions and government-mandated periods of quarantine, it seemed inevitable that many of our 2020 – 2021 events would have to be postponed or cancelled in the months ahead.

Therefore, after much deliberation, our board members have unanimously decided that the wisest course of action is to postpone our 14th season until 2021 – 2022. We hope that reliable therapeutics and effective vaccines will be widely available by that time.

Thank you for your understanding and patience. I am deeply grateful for the many warm expressions of support and generous financial commitment we have received since the pandemic lockdown began last March.

Parlance Chamber Concerts remains dedicated to sharing the transformative power of great music, and we look forward to resuming our events as soon as is safely possible.

Warmest regards,
Michael Parloff