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NORFOLK — On Friday, April 24, organizers announced that this year’s Yale Summer School of Music, the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, and the Yale Norfolk School of Art have been all cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The decision to cancel the 2020 program is to insure the health, safety and creative practices of the student artists, Yale faculty, staff, the Norfolk community and the greater community,” organizers announced in a press release posted on the Yale School of Music’s website at music.yale.edu/norfolk. “Those of you who have already bought tickets to this summer’s events can contact us for a full refund, or you may choose to leave the tickets as a donation to the festival. We are already planning a few programs for the summer that can be streamed online.”
The chamber music festival is one of the oldest in New England and was founded some time in the 1880’s.
The Yale Summer School of Music was founded in 1941 and the Yale Summer School of Art was founded in 1948.
All three events, which take place during the summer, brought hundreds of people to the area.
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“This is unfortunate in many ways for the students, the performers and for those that come to Norfolk to enjoy the music,” First Selectman Matt Riiska wrote in an email to The Winsted Phoenix. “As for the funds the festival brings in to the town, those that will feel the brunt of the loss will be those that rent rooms to the students for the summer. Many rent their rooms to help offset their real estate taxes. I know this will also be a blow to the Woodcreek Grill and to Infinity Hall. These are strange and difficult times.”

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