The Turlock Concert Association was looking forward to months of music that would help them celebrate their 80th year, but now with the ongoing coronavirus pandemic the organization has decided it's time to bring the curtain down.
"Since 1940, the non-profit Turlock Concert Association has presented outstanding, affordable, live entertainment to Turlock and free music education programs in local schools," said TCA spokesperson Eric Julien. "Now in the midst of our 80th season, the TCA Board has made the very sad decision that the Turlock Concert Association needs to end operations. We will dissolve the association as we anticipate a number of subscribers will no longer wish to congregate for quite some time and we won’t retain enough subscribers to continue to operate.
"We have no idea when it will be safe for everyone to congregate and we certainly do not want to place anyone in jeopardy," Julien said. "Thus we must cancel, not reschedule, our remaining two concerts of the five scheduled this season."
Over the decades, the all-volunteer board of TCA brought a variety of musical acts to the Turlock area, introducing audiences to styles from around the world. Additionally, the performers would often visit with the music programs at area schools and give lessons and talk about their experiences in music.
Subscribers have been offered the choice of receiving a partial season refund or leaving their funds with TCA, who will donate all remaining funds to other music education and performance programs.
"We are so thankful to all the donors, subscribers, and others who have supported the Turlock Concert Association in our 80-year history of service to the Turlock-area community," Julien said. "This is a very sad time. We wish good health to everyone in the Turlock area and continued success to all our fellow performance and education organizations."