Carnegie Hall postpones 2020 Debut Tour to South Africa by its National Youth Jazz Orchestra—NYO Jazz due to effects of COVID-19.

NYO Jazz Originally Scheduled to Perform in Cape Town, Johannesburg, Makhanda, and Bloemfontein from June 24-July 7, 2020

(April 2, 2020; NEW YORK, NY)—Carnegie Hall today announced that—due to the effects of COVID-19 and current challenges with international travel—it must unfortunately postpone the debut tour to South Africa by its national youth jazz orchestra, NYO Jazz to a future date. The previously announced tour, scheduled to include performances led by trumpeter Sean Jones with vocalist Dianne Reeves as special guest, would have taken the ensemble to Cape Town, Johannesburg, Makhanda, and Bloemfontein from June 24-July 7, 2020.

In the USA, and pending public health conditions, Carnegie Hall still plans to convene its three national youth ensembles—the National Youth Orchestra of the USA, NYO2, and NYO Jazz—for their annual summer residency at Purchase College, State University of New York, located just north of New York City.  Beginning on July 1, the young musicians of NYO Jazz will come together to train and perform with top jazz masters, collaborating with members of the other two ensembles over the course of three weeks.

Due to COVID-19 though, touring for all three groups has been cancelled for summer 2020.  The ensembles will instead, share their music-making with local audiences. Carnegie Hall continues to monitor public health conditions and will share further updates on this program later in spring (Northern Hemisphere) 2020.

“We were incredibly excited for NYO Jazz to make its debut in South Africa this summer,” said Clive Gillinson, Executive and Artistic Director of Carnegie Hall. “While it is very disappointing that the tour has had to be postponed due to the current circumstances, we know that our national youth ensembles will tour internationally again soon. We eagerly await the chance to perform for South African audiences and experience the country’s rich history and culture in a future year.”

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