COVID-19 Arts Updates

COVID-19 Arts and Culture Updates
Closures, cancellations and postponed events.

Updated July 14, 2021


After a year of virtual performances, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra is offering a first-ever summer music series at the amphitheater at Hartwood Acres Park in Allegheny County. “Summer with the Symphony” features a full orchestra performing a total of eight concerts. Check out the full lineup HERE as well as what the PSO is doing to keep everyone safe!


Pittsburgh Opera’s two upcoming 2021–22 Benedum Center productions are reschedulings of operas previously postponed by the COVID pandemic.

The Magic Flute, originally planned for Nov. 2020, will be performed in Nov. 2021

Carmen, which was in rehearsals when the pandemic shut down production in March 2020, will be in March 2022.

Two other Benedum Center operas affected by COVID—Rusalka and Aida—are currently anticipated to be included in Pittsburgh Opera’s 2022–23 season, as is the production of Emmeline in Pittsburgh CAPA Theater.


Pittsburgh CLO is bringing the sounds of Broadway back to Pittsburgh with two spectacular musical theater shows this July. Through an incredible, first-ever partnership with the Pittsburgh Steelers, you have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience musical theater under the stars at Heinz Field! Learn more about the CLO’s 2021 Summer Under the Stars HERE.


Adapting to the limitations of COVID-19, PICT Classic Theatre will present a collection of three plays beginning in March 2021 crossing three different artistic experiences. PICT’s 24th season will feature two radio dramas, a streamed production of Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure, and a hopeful return to the stage with the regional premiere of Mart Crowley’s The Boys in the Band.


Chatham Baroque presents their first ever Digital Concert Series. These innovative concerts, performed at glorious venues around Pittsburgh, are beautifully produced with the highest fidelity sound and 4K video. They offer a unique view of the artists and their instruments, with vivid details that you might not be able to see in a concert hall. Starting in October 2020, they will release a new concert video each month through June 2021, along with interviews with the artists and bonus materials for our subscribers.


Calliope is now offering concerts online along with live performances at Schenley Plaza in Oakland. Learn more at https://calliopehouse.org/events/list/


The Frick Pittsburgh campus is open. Timed tickets are required for entry to The Frick Art Museum and the Car and Carriage Museum. Clayton, the Greenhouse, and The Café remain closed due to social distancing. Summer Fridays at The Frick will be virtual for 2021. Join The Frick for free online performances inspired by Clayton and their summer exhibitions. Learn more at https://www.thefrickpittsburgh.org/SummerFridays


Pittsburgh Arts and Lectures’ 2021-2022 Ten Evenings Lecture Series will be virtual-only through December 2021. Should gathering in the Music Hall be permitted on or after January 2022, ticket holders will have the option to upgrade to in-person seating at that time or continue to attend virtually by viewing lectures livestreamed from the Carnegie Music Hall.


City of Asylum is now offering in person programming at 318 Sampsonia Way along with live streaming on their virtual platform, City of Asylum @ Home. Find upcoming events HERE.


MCG Jazz is scheduled to return to live performances in September 2021. More information HERE.

The New Hazlett Theater will not be offering any live performances that include audiences until it’s safe to do so.


Kelly Strayhorn Theater postponed public events until further notice. Learn about their virtual programming HERE.


All Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation programs including K-12 educational outreach, lectures, tours, and other events, are cancelled or postponed.


Kente Arts Alliance suspended all live programming at least until September 2021.


To learn about upcoming online and virtual arts and culture events, please visit the PITT ARTS HOTLIST page.