July 8, 2020
Contact Jen Roberdeau at 608-796-3738 or firstname.lastname@example.org
VITERBO FINE ARTS CENTER TO DELAY PUBLIC EVENTS UNTIL 2021
LA CROSSE, Wis. – The Viterbo University Fine Arts Center will delay holding university-sponsored public events, including Bright Star and NexStar Season performances and lectures, until 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
On March 12, the Fine Arts Center announced the postponement or cancelation of events happening through early April and later announced the postponement or cancelation of all remaining events in the 2019-20 performance season.
The decision to delay events until 2021 will impact the rescheduled performances of Jim Witter’s The Long and Winding Road (now rescheduled for March 11, 2021) and Beethoven Project 2020 (dates pending). Ticketholders for these events will be contacted by the Box Office in the coming weeks. Other rescheduled events, including Goitse (rescheduled for March 1), Night Fever: A Tribute to the Bee Gees (rescheduled for Jan. 21), and Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo (rescheduled for April 13), will continue as planned.
“Our first priority is the safety and well-being of our patrons as well as university students and employees,” said Jen Roberdeau, director of public engagement and marketing for the Fine Arts Center. “As we’ve spoken with patrons on the phone over the past several weeks, many have expressed to us that they would be uncomfortable attending performances and being in large crowds. We hear those concerns and want to do everything we can to keep our community safe.”
The Fine Arts Center is currently planning a reduced schedule of performances and events beginning in January of 2021 that will be announced in the fall. Information about these events will be shared via email and mail, as well as on the Fine Arts Center’s web page and social media pages. “We will continue to monitor the public health situation in La Crosse and make adjustments to these plans as needed,” said Roberdeau.
The Fine Arts Center is also planning several strategies to help ensure the safety of patrons upon reopening, including enhanced cleaning protocols, hand sanitizer stations, physical distancing measures, and traffic flow patterns to ensure the safest possible experience for all patrons. Staff of the Fine Arts Center will rigorously follow the recommendations of university officials, the La Crosse County Health Department, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to provide the safest possible environment.
For more information, contact the Viterbo box office at 608-796-3100 or visit www.viterbo.edu/fac.