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South Bend Symphony Orchestra concert at Potawatomi Park cancelled

Photo courtesy Community Foundation of St. Joseph County and South Bend Symphony Orchestra

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- The annual South Bend Symphony Orchestra concert at Potawatomi Park has been cancelled.

The Community Foundation of St. Joseph County and the orchestra made the joint announcement on Thursday.

The concert was scheduled for August 29 but has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We’d love to be able to go forward with the concert as usual,” said Laura Moran Walton, director of public relations and communication for the Community Foundation. “But we’re concerned about the safety of the Symphony’s musicians and that of our audience members. We always draw a big crowd for this particular concert, and sadly, this simply isn’t a good time for big crowds.”

Organizers say the event usually brings over 1,000 people to the park.

“The Community Foundation Performing Arts Series is a hallmark of summers in St. Joseph County, and it will be sorely missed this year,” said the symphony’s Executive Director Justus Zimmerman. “As case counts spiked in the county, we weren’t satisfied that we could provide a safe experience. We serve the people of this community first—there was no other responsible decision to be made.”

They anticipate presenting the full Community Foundation Performing Arts Series in 2021.

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