In late December the Ars Nova board of directors, in consultation with the singers, decided to pause our in-person activities at least through the month of January.
The Omicron variant has created an unprecedented surge in case rates around the world and here in Colorado. Breakthrough cases are occurring with greater frequency in those who are fully vaccinated + boosted. These individuals can also transmit Omicron. Unvaccinated individuals are at very high risk for serious infection and hospitalization.
These developments pose an increased risk to the health and safety of our singers and our community and threaten to overwhelm our already stressed health care systems. We feel the prudent and safest course of action is to take a pause in our in-person rehearsing and performing schedule for at least the next 3-5 weeks. At that point, we should have a better sense of the trajectory of this surge and be able to chart a path forward that will continue to keep everyone safe.
We were so pleased and grateful for the cooperation of our audiences with the Covid-19 mitigation procedures put in place during the Holiday concerts in December. We will continue to implement all mitigation procedures as recommended by federal and local health experts when we do return to the concert hall this spring.
Meanwhile, please expect the following changes to the Ars Nova Spring 2022 schedule:
- Made Fragile concerts, originally scheduled for January 29 and 30, will be rescheduled to April 1 at Central Presbyterian Church in Denver, and April 2 at First United Methodist Church in Boulder.
- Made Light concerts (and the southwest tour) will be rescheduled to the 2022-23 season.
- Made Real concerts featuring guitarist Nicolo Sperà will continue as planned the first weekend of June.
Additionally, Artistic Director Tom Morgan is working on a special virtual presentation:
Will Todd’s Mass in Blue, which will be aired on February 18. As you know, Tom has shown himself to be a very gifted videographer in addition to his talents as a musician. This is an exciting project and one that we are pleased to present to you this season.
We are grateful for all the support you have shown us over the last two difficult years. As Tom has said and continues to say, “We will be back!” May this be the final wave of Covid and may you all stay healthy in the coming weeks! Please review our Current Season to learn more about these upcoming concerts.
We continue to hold our community in our hearts following the devastating fire on December 30, 2021.