Notice of Cancellation of OMF Family Concert, Educational Programs, and Welcome Parade

We announce that we are canceling the Concert for Children and Opera for Children educational programs, the OMF Family Concert general public performance, and the Welcome Parade open event in response to the COVID-19 alert level being raised to stage 5 for the Matsumoto city.

The Seiji Ozawa Matsumoto Festival Executive Committee was preparing to hold the events in compliance with COVID-19 infection prevention guidelines stipulated by the Nagano Prefecture Board of Education and Matsumoto City Board of Education. Our top concern is the safety of children and students, and as COVID-19 cases continue to rise, we discussed and concluded that because the events would involve travel by large numbers of children and students from different schools, the educational programs and open event should be cancelled.
Consequently, we will also cancel the OMF Family Concert, which was to have the same program content as the Concert for Children. We apologize to those who were looking forward to these performances.
Details about ticket refunds for the OMF Family Concert will be announced at a later date on the OMF official website.

With the cancellation of the four programs above, the festival will end on Sunday, September 5, which is one day earlier than originally scheduled.
We are continuing with preparations to hold the other programs of the Seiji Ozawa Matsumoto Festival, which will open on Saturday, August 21.

== The following performances are cancelled ==

Sep 4 (Sat) Matsumoto Performing Arts Centre main Hall
OMF Family Concert

Sep 2 (Thu) Matsumoto Performing Arts Centre Main Hall
Sep 3 (Fri) Hokuto Bunka Hall (Nagano-ken Kenmin Bunka Kaikan)
Sep 6 (Mon) Kissei Bunka Hall (Nagano-ken Matsumoto Bunka Kaikan)
Concert for Children

Aug 26 (Thu) Matsumoto Performing Arts Centre Main Hall
Aug 27 (Fri) Matsumoto Performing Arts Centre Main Hall
Opera for Children

Aug 22 (Sun) Matsumoto City
Welcome Parade