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Symphony In The Flint Hills Canceled Due To Coronavirus Concerns

Ascha Lee
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A crowd of more than 7,000 watches the 2017 Symphony in the Flint Hills concert. This is the second year in a row the event has been canceled.

The Symphony in the Flint Hills has canceled its 2020 signature outdoor performance of the Kansas City Symphony for the second year in a row.

The event was originally scheduled for June 13. Last year was the first cancellation in the symphony's 14-year history, due to storms that caused severe damage.

The event was scrapped this year due to the current coronavirus outbreak.

"The decision to cancel the 2020 Signature Event is heartbreaking," Leslie VonHolten, executive director of Symphony in the Flint Hills, said in a statement, "but the health and well-being of our audience, performers, and the communities of Wabaunsee County and the Flint Hills region are of utmost importance to us."

The cancellation last year faced criticism because of its ticket policy. The 5,242 people who bought tickets did not receive refunds. Tickets cost $95 for adults and $50 for kids age 12 and under.

This year all general admission tickets will be refunded through EventBrite by May 30. GA ticket holders have the option of donating the cost of their ticket to the Symphony in the Flint Hills to help the organization during this time.

"We are beyond grateful to our long-term sponsors, patrons, volunteers and ticket holders who have supported our organization and our mission to heighten appreciation and knowledge of the Flint Hills tallgrass prairie," said VonHolten.

Nicole Grimes is an intern in the KMUW News Lab.