COVID-19 Updates

IPO’s COVID-19 Updates

UPDATED AUGUST 31, 2021
After much discussion, in conjunction with the Chicago Federation of Musicians and our Orchestra Committee, the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra has adopted a Health & Wellness plan for the upcoming concert season.

We are announcing today that IPO will be requiring proof of full vaccination for entry into all our upcoming indoor concerts and events.

Patrons attending IPO concerts and events will be required to provide proof of full vaccination, which is defined today as two weeks after the second dose of a two-dose series (Pfizer or Moderna) or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine (Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen).  Proof of vaccination can be shown either via the mobile app “My Bindle” (which is free to consumers through the Apple app store or the Google Play app store) or via manual checks of valid vaccine record upon entrance to the theater.

All attendees must also be fully masked, including children under the age of 12 who are currently ineligible for vaccination but are allowed to attend masked. In addition to the new vaccination policy, IPO will be seating audiences ten feet from musicians and intentionally spacing out patron seating more than usual.

The decision comes on the heels of the dramatic surge in Covid-19 cases as the Delta variant spreads throughout the United States. The vaccination policy will be in full effect beginning with the Classical Evolve composer competition event on September 22nd, 2021.

The vaccination policy will be implemented as an open-ended one, with any changes or reversals being considered and/or implemented based upon informed updates from the CDC and/or state health institutions relating to infection rates, transmission data, variant developments, and local and federal regulations. As of today, the policy is planned to be in effect through December 31st, 2021.

Other points of note to the IPO Health & Wellness plan are listed below:

AUDIENCES AND EVENT ATTENDEES:

Wellness: Any person who feels unwell or (a) has any COVID-19 Symptoms* (b) has had a positive COVID-19 test in the past 10 days, or (c) has had close contact with anyone confirmed or suspected of having COVID-19 agrees not to come to IPO. Please contact our box office at 708.481.7774 for help in exchanging tickets for any affected concert/event.

Face coverings: IPO requires all visitors to wear a face covering while attending an indoor IPO event.

Vaccination: IPO requires full proof of vaccination as defined by the CDC for attendees. Vaccines approved for full or emergency use by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or World Health Organization (WHO) will be accepted.  Vaccination is considered complete two (2) weeks from final mandated dose of a vaccine.

Children under the age of 12 who are ineligible for vaccination may attend fully masked.

Proof of vaccination:  Three options to demonstrate vaccination status

• Option 1: Email vaccination card to boxoffice@ipomusic.org no later than 14 calendar days prior to event/performance to receive a wristband indicating your full vaccination status.  Wristbands should be worn to IPO events/performances and will allow you to enter without further verification.

• Option 2: Bring vaccination card to IPO event/performance for entrance.

• Option 3: Log your vaccination card into the “My Bindle” app joinbindle.com.  Show your QR code to IPO ushers at event/performance for entrance.

Physical distancing: Wherever possible, visitors should abide by physical distancing guidelines, maintaining a six-foot distance from others not part of your group. IPO will be seating audiences 10 feet from musicians. Seating at IPO venues will be intentionally more spaced out than usual.  This will necessitate some subscribers shifting their historical seat assignments.  IPO will contact you directly if your seats need to be shifted.  Any audience member may request distanced seating by calling our box office at 708.481.7774.

Tickets: Tickets: IPO will not have a Will Call.  Any tickets purchased within the last week prior to even/performance will be delivered via email only.  Except as above, paper tickets will be issued. Ushers will be screening tickets however they will not be collecting them.  Email ticket option is strongly recommended. All subscriber tickets for concerts taking place October through December will be mailed in mid-September.

Travel: Attendees should abide by IL state and Cook County travel orders with regard to quarantine.

Risk: Attendees understand that there is an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 in any public place where people are present. Those purchasing or attending IPO events voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19.

Compliance: All IPO attendees must follow all health and safety procedures and signage posted while at IPO events. IPO reserves the right to require visitors who do not follow our guidelines to leave an event immediately. Any visitors who are disrespectful or discourteous to other guests, staff, or volunteers may also be asked to leave.

*Symptoms of Covid-19 include are evolving.  Current symptoms include: headache, runny nose, sneezing, sore throat, loss of smell, persistent cough, fever.

Additional Precautions:

  • ALL spaces and surfaces are cleaned regularly. High touch surfaces are sanitized.
  • Hand sanitizer will be provided.
  • Ushers will be gloved and masked when handing out programs.
  • Touchless fixtures whenever possible.
  • Increased ventilation throughout spaces.

We appreciate your understanding as we implement these important health and safety guidelines.  IPO anticipates these guidelines will be in effect through December 31st, 2021, or as necessary. We reserve the right to alter guidelines in response to further developments.

We are excited for our jubilant and safe return to the stage and excited to see all of you together again!

Sincerely,
Christina Salerno / IPO Executive Director
Stilian Kirov / Music Director

UPDATED JULY 26, 2021

After a trying and ‘reimagined’ season of virtual concerts, IPO is pleased to announce our jubilant return to the stage for live music for our 2021-22 season!

While the pandemic is still a very real challenge, the health and safety of our audience, musicians and staff continues to be our highest priority as we return to live concerts. As the season progresses, we will continue to modify our safety guidelines based upon the most recent public health recommendations. Please visit this page as our policies may change from concert to concert, depending on any updated CDC recommended guidelines.

* Face Coverings are required for unvaccinated individuals, including individuals and age groups currently unable to receive a vaccination. Masks may also be required or encouraged for additional patrons, depending on standards from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) at the time of the performance.

* Hand Sanitizer Stations are available throughout Ozinga Chapel and can be found near all entrances to each seating area. Per CDC guidelines, people should wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

* Enhanced Cleaning Procedures have been instituted at Ozinga Chapel. High-touch areas, including countertops, door handles and elevators, are cleaned and sanitized regularly. In addition, seating areas and corresponding lobbies are disinfected with CDC-approved aerosol sprays after each performance.

We are excited to return to the stage and excited to see all of you together again!

Stilian Kirov
Music Director

Christina Salerno
Executive Director

P.S. If you have not yet done so, I welcome you to view IPO virtual content and E-Learning pages designed specifically for students and teachers grades k-6 at ipomusic.org/ipoelearning

Q & A

I am a 2020-21 Subscriber. What should I do now?
All pandemic affected subscriptions are being transferred to 2021-22 subscriptions. Please contact the Box Office at 708.441.7774 to discuss your 2021-22 season renewal options.

How can I help ensure the future of IPO?

  • Make a donation to IPO’s Resilience Fund
  • Watch the broadcasts and make a donation to the broadcast pages
  • Share links to IPO broadcasts with your friends and family and encourage them to support IPO. Please remember that although broadcasts may be offered for free, they are not free to produce. We encourage everyone watching to donate to IPO to help us cover the costs and to help enable those who are not in a position to pay the ability to enjoy the music.

Your support is paramount and deeply appreciated.

IPO’s COVID-19 Updates

IPO’s COVID-19 Message from September 18, 2020

Dear IPO Subscribers and Patrons –

As a nimble, innovative, and visionary musical institution, Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra had hoped beyond hopes throughout the past six months that we would be able to resume our in-person full orchestra concerts this Fall 2020. Alas, given the pandemic’s continued toll on our shared humanity, we have made the necessary decision to postpone all October, November, and December 2020 concerts to similar dates in 2021. A decision regarding February 2021 concerts and beyond will be made in the coming months.

CHANGING TIMES DEMAND NEW CREATIVITY

IPO views this pandemic as a challenge. A challenge to do better and connect with more people in new ways through music. We are pleased to relate that IPO will have an Opening Night Concert in 2020 highlighting a fantastic American composer – but instead of visiting us at the beautiful Ozinga Chapel at Trinity Christian College, we are asking you to join us virtually on Saturday, October 24th at 7 pm via YouTubeFacebook, or Palos Channel 4 for the music. This brand new 45-minute program of thirty IPO string players features Walker’s Lyric for Strings alongside Tchaikovsky’s Serenade and we hope you will celebrate at home with us as our orchestra comes together, specially for all of you. Additional virtual offerings, socially distanced concerts, and interactive programming will be unveiled throughout the fall, and we hope you will join us.

NOTHING COMPARES TO LIVE MUSIC

Music binds us together as humans, and one of the many lessons this pandemic has taught us is that there is not a substitute for authentic human interaction – especially as it relates to live music.   Virtual concerts are the next best thing to live – and can be a great companion to live experiences. How often can you see a violinist’s fingerings from your seat? Have you ever wanted to see the conductor’s expression while they are conducting? Well, virtual concerts are your opportunity to get to know the music on a more intimate level. Virtual music offerings also ensure IPO musicians are working – practicing and performing at the elite level they attained through a lifetime of dedication. We will get back to live music – it’s just taking a little bit longer to get there than we had hoped.

MUSIC CONNECTS PEOPLE

Music has a special way of connecting each of us to unique memories and moments in history. We are all brought up in musical traditions, whether we recognize it or not, as we grow. From the lullaby sung to us in our early days, to the sounds pouring from neighbors’ windows, to music blaring from car windows, in movie theaters, restaurants, malls, and in concert halls and arenas, music connects us to who we are. If we are open to the possibilities, music can also offer us a journey to get to know another person and their musical traditions. To this end, IPO has been working intentionally, humbly, and purposefully to present classical music from multiple perspectives. This summer we were pleased to present works by PriceStill, and Garrop alongside works by DvorakBeethoven, and Mozart at our socially distanced concerts and accompanying broadcasts. This season, IPO has newly committed itself to expanding what is recognizable to our collective ears and we sincerely hope you enjoy the journey of new sounds alongside some tried and true favorites.

MUSIC FOR EXPLORING, RELAXING, AND RECHARGING

This time has been difficult for so many of us, and IPO’s compassionate embrace goes out to those of our wider community who have lost friends or loved ones during this relentless time. Although our physical health and safety remain paramount, this pandemic has given us a glimpse of how very important mental health and socialization are to us as humans. We encourage each of you to consider the role classical music plays in allowing your mind to explore, relax, and recharge. As 2020-21 unfolds, IPO is looking forward to presenting additional opportunities to connect with the music virtually and in person – all at the time and place that feels right for you.

In shared compassion,

Stilian Kirov
Music Director

Christina Salerno
Executive Director

P.S. If you have not yet done so, I welcome you to view IPO virtual content and E-Learning pages designed specifically for students and teachers grades k-6 at ipomusic.org/ipoelearning

Q & A

I am a 2020-21 Subscriber. What should I do now?
At this time, all 2020-21 subscriptions are being transferred to calendar year 2021 Subscriptions. October, November, and December 2020 subscriptions (and single tickets) will automatically be valid for October, November, and December 2021. If additional changes are made to February 2021 concerts, and beyond, we will utilize the same treatment to allocate those subscriptions (and single tickets) to similar months in 2022.

I bought a ticket to Gatsby’s Virtual Gala. When will the cocktail reception be held?
IPO has not forgotten about all the wonderful people who “bought” a ticket to the virtual gala in April 2020! We will still have the promised cocktail reception once socially distancing requirements are relaxed enough so that all our wonderful ticket holders feel comfortable attending.

How can I help ensure the future of IPO?

  • Make a donation to IPO’s Resilience Fund
  • Watch the broadcasts and make a donation to the broadcast pages
  • Share links to IPO broadcasts with your friends and family and encourage them to support IPO. Please remember that although broadcasts may be offered for free, they are not free to produce. We encourage everyone watching to donate to IPO to help us cover the costs and to help enable those who are not in a position to pay the ability to enjoy the music.

It is so very important to us to ensure that our beautiful classical music is accessible to all who seek these enriching experiences, especially in these uncertain times.

Your support is paramount and deeply appreciated.

IPO’s COVID-19 Message from April 14, 2020

Dear IPO Patrons and Community,

Due to the continuing circumstances surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic, IPO has made the determination to cancel our May 16, 2020 Beethoven & Sibelius concert and all auditions scheduled for Monday, May 11 and Tuesday, May 12, 2020.

Due to the popularity of cancelled March, April, and May concert programming, we are planning on presenting these concerts during a future IPO season.

Please note, due to Illinois Shelter in Place Guidelines, IPO’s office is closed until further notice, but calls to the IPO office (708.481.7774) during normal business hours (M-F 9AM-4PM) are still being answered. We will respond to every call/email made to us, but might need a little extra time to do so. In addition, postal mail is being regularly collected.

We encourage you to heed the directives to social distance and remain in the comfort of your home for the safety of others. Most importantly, take care of yourself and those you love. We look forward to sharing the music with you soon!

Sincerely,
Christina Salerno                                 Stilian Kirov
Executive Director                               Music Director

Support
Your support today is more important than ever. As a nonprofit arts organization, Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra relies on the people we serve. That has never been more true than during this time of event closures as our community works together to reduce the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). Please consider the role music plays in your life and support your Orchestra with a gift of any amount today.

Ticketing Options

Donate your ticket.
Your tax-deductible donation today means that the next time you join IPO for a concert, the orchestra will be there to share the joy of live music with you once more, as a healthy, vibrant and financially secure organization.

Exchange your tickets for an upcoming performance.
We are happy to exchange your tickets for one of the upcoming concerts for next season. To offer increased flexibility, IPO will honor any exchange requests through May, 2020.

Put tickets on account
Unsure what you’d like to exchange into? The IPO Box Office can put your funds on account for future use.

For assistance with any of the above ticketing options or to make a tax deductible donation, please call IPO’s Box Office at 708.481.7774 or via email at trishh@ipomusic.org

We appreciate your patience and understanding.

IPO’s COVID-19 Message from March 24, 2020

Dear IPO Patrons and Community,

Due to the continuing circumstances surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic, IPO has made the determination to cancel our April 18, 2020 Firebird concert, May 5 & 6, 2020 Youth Concerts, and May 5, 2020 Classical Evolve event.

IPO is currently working to develop alternative, online, programming for audiences who would have otherwise attended Youth Programs. Information on this programming will be forthcoming.

A determination on the May 16, 2020 Beethoven & Sibelius concert will be made in the coming weeks.

Uncertainty has become a bit of a mantra these days and we know we are not alone in feeling unease as we navigate these uncharted waters. Still, we are uplifted by the incredible feeling of global community around the importance of the arts in our daily lives. Many people who took the arts for granted previously are now openly expressing the impact music, dance, visual arts, drama, and literature have on their well-being. Each spark of creativity is vital to the human condition – and this pandemic has shown us that you cannot stop creativity, you can only force creativity to reinvent itself. Art is not only how we express ourselves; it is how we share our lives together. To this end, we have an incredibly exciting 2020-21 Season planned and we welcome you to SUBSCRIBE NOW to ensure we experience the music together next season!

In the meantime, IPO looks forward to sharing the creative gifts of our orchestra with you in new and creative ways. Be on the lookout for new IPO content, links, and conversations in the coming days.

We encourage you to heed the directives to social distance and remain in the comfort of your home for the safety of others. Most importantly, take care of yourself and those you love. We look forward to sharing the music with you soon!

Sincerely,
Christina Salerno                        Stilian Kirov
Executive Director                      Music Director

Support
Your support today is more important than ever. As a nonprofit arts organization, Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra relies on the people we serve. That has never been more true than during this time of event closures as our community works together to reduce the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). Please consider the role music plays in your life and support your Orchestra with a gift of any amount today.

Ticketing Options

Donate your ticket.
Your tax-deductible donation today means that the next time you join IPO for a concert, the orchestra will be there to share the joy of live music with you once more, as a healthy, vibrant and financially secure organization.

Exchange your tickets for an upcoming performance.
We are happy to exchange your tickets for one of the upcoming concerts this season or next. To offer increased flexibility, IPO will honor any exchange requests through May, 2020.

Put tickets on account.
Unsure what you’d like to exchange into? The IPO Box Office can put your funds on account for future use.

For assistance with any of the above ticketing options or to make a tax deductible donation, please call IPO’s Box Office at 708.481.7774 or via email at trishh@ipomusic.org

Please note, due to Illinois Shelter in Place Guidelines, IPO’s office is closed until further notice, but calls to the IPO office during normal business hours (M-F 9AM-4PM) are still being answered. We will respond to every call/email made to us, but might need a little extra time to do so.

We appreciate your patience and understanding.

IPO’s COVID-19 Message from March 13, 2020

Afternoon Tea with IPO on March 22 has been postponed to a later date. All tickets already purchased will be honored for the rescheduled date.  If you are unable to attend the rescheduled date, you may:  put the value of your ticket on account with IPO, donate your ticket(s) back to the orchestra as a tax-deductible gift, or receive a refund. Please call 708.481.7774 for assistance.

IPO’s COVID-19 Message from March 12, 2020

On Thursday, March 12, 2020, Trinity Christian College published a statement stating their campus will be closed for the remainder of the semester and cancelling all events on their campus beginning March 13, 2020 in an effort to reduce the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). This does impact IPO’s ability to perform on Trinity Christian College’s campus.

IPO’s Beethoven @ 250 concert has been cancelled.

Ticketing Options

Exchange your tickets for an upcoming performance.
We are happy to exchange your tickets for one of the upcoming concerts this season or next. We understand patrons are thinking carefully about purchasing tickets for future performances. To offer increased flexibility, IPO will honor any exchange requests through May, 2020.

Put tickets on account

Unsure what you’d like to exchange into? The IPO Box Office can put your funds on account for future use.

Donate your ticket.
Your tax-deductible donation today means that the next time you join IPO for a concert, the orchestra will be there to share the joy of live music with you once more, as a healthy, vibrant and financially secure organization.

For assistance with any of the above ticketing options, please call IPO’s Box Office at 708.481.7774.

We appreciate your patience and understanding.

Support

Your support today is more important than ever. As a nonprofit arts organization, Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra relies on the people we serve. That has never been more true than during this time of event closures as our community works together to reduce the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). Please consider the role music plays in your life and support your Orchestra with a gift of any amount today.

IPO’s COVID-19 Message from March 10, 2020

All IPO performances and events are being performed as scheduled. Our primary concern is the safety and wellness of our audiences, musicians, and staff. We are carefully monitoring developments regarding COVID-19 (coronavirus) and are following the recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Cook County Department of Public Health, and Illinois Department of Public Health.

Trinity Christian College (Home of Ozinga Chapel, IPO’s performance venue) has established a COVID-19 Planning Group to regularly review the evolving situation. Janitorial staff is cleaning campus regularly, and will continue to do so, paying close attention to surfaces and touch-points throughout campus, including Ozinga Chapel. Hand sanitizer will be available in Ozinga lobby for patron use.

We encourage any patron that is sick to stay home. Patrons are welcome to contact IPO’s Box Office to exchange tickets for a different concert or to return tickets as a donation towards IPO’s Annual Fund as requested.

708.481.7774

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