Due to concerns over the transmission of the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) and in the interest of public health and safety, the University of Chicago has issued new guidance suspending most University-sponsored events and public gatherings of more than 100 people. This includes this weekend’s performances of The Pirates of Penzance by the Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Company.
For all other questions, please contact Margo Strebig, Director of Communications and Public Relations for the Department of Music, at 773.702.3427.
The cast, orchestra, artistic team, producers, and staff have devoted countless hours of preparation to this year’s production, and were all looking forward to presenting three high-quality, fun-filled performances.  As you know, this annual production is a fundraiser for the Department of Music’s Performance Program, which brings over 100 concerts to campus each year.  We hope that you might consider donating the cost of your Pirates ticket(s) as a tax-deductible contribution to the Performance Program, even though this weekend’s shows had to be cancelled.
If you prefer a refund, of course, we will be happy to process one.  Ticket holders to this weekend’s performances may request refunds by calling the UChicago Arts Box Office at 773.702.ARTS (2787). 
A note for patron ticket holders: only the price of admission ($25) will be refunded. The $35 tax-deductible portion of your patron ticket will remain a contribution to the Department of Music’s Performance Program.  We thank you for your generosity.
Please call the UChicago Arts Box Office at 773.702.ARTS (2787) to request refunds and/or donation receipts. Refunds will be provided through March 23, 2020. Beginning Tuesday, March 24, only donation receipts will be issued. Box Office hours are Tuesday-Saturday, 12-6 pm.
The University of Chicago Department of Music regrets to announce the cancellation of this weekend’s performances of The Pirates of Penzance by the Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Company and University Chamber Orchestra on March 13, 14, and 15. We apologize for any inconvenience. Your health and safety, and the health and safety of others, needs to be our top priority at this time.
CANCELLED: The Pirates of Penzance
March 13 and 14 | 7:30 PM
March 15 | 2:00 PM
Ways you can protect yourself and your community from the spread of the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19):
There are a number of measures you can take to protect yourself and the community if you are concerned about the virus:
  • Wash your hands regularly for at least 20 seconds with soap and warm or hot water, or use a sanitizing solution of 60-95% alcohol if conventional hand-washing is not an option
  • Cover a cough or sneeze with a tissue or your sleeve
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
Most importantly, if you are sick with the common cold, flu, or any other illness or if you show symptoms of any illness (cough, sneeze, runny nose, fever), please stay home for the wellbeing of yourself and the community.