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COVID-19 takes down DSO, Monster Jam, Live Nation shows and more...

By Gary Graff
ggraff@medianewsgroup.com, @GraffonMusic on Twitte

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The show will not go on at the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, at least for the next six days.

The DSO has canceled its weekend performances of "Carmina Burana," which were to be conducted by music director emeritus Leonard Slatkin, due to concerns over the COVID-19 virus. All other activities at the Fisher Music Center have been canceled through March 17, and the organization is "taking it one step at a time" for events after that.

In a statement, DSO President and CEO Anne Parsons said, "Our impulse as an orchestra is to proceed with performing music in times of crisis. However, in alignment with our Board of Directors and orchestra musicians, we believe we must follow the recommendations of public health officials...We hope that our audiences and supporters understand that health and safety remain our priority, and that we all do what we can to support one another during these unprecedented times."

In lieu of the concerts the DSO will make its on-demand archive of webcast performances free via dso.org/live.

Those holding tickets for "Carmina Burana" can exchange them for any other 2019-20 season concert, with exchange fees waved, through May. The tickets can also be donated back to the DSO for a charitable tax deduction. No refunds will be offered.

Call 313-576-5111 or visit dso.org for further information and updates.

The DSO move was one of several developments related to COVID concerns. Others include....

Country group Little Big Town has postponed its Thursday, March 12 concert at the Fox Theatre to Oct. 1. Tickets will be honored. 313Presents.com.

The Monster Jam 2020 truck competition on Saturday and Sunday, March 14-15 at Ford Field has moved to July 25-26. Tickets will be honored. fordfield.com.

Country star Blake Shelton is postponing his March 21 show at Little Caesars Arena until the spring of 2021. Tickets will be honored or refunded at the point of purchase. 313presents.com.

Live Nation Entertainment has suspended all of the domestic and international concert tours it's producing, with hopes of bringing the shows back on the road during May or June.

The Magic Bag in Ferndale is closing down for the weekend of March 12-15.

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