March 13, 2020
The Gilmore Cancels 2020 Gilmore International Keyboard Festival

KALAMAZOO, MICHIGAN (March 13, 2020) — Following the guidance of Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s office, which has declared a state of emergency in Michigan, Gilmore Director Pierre van der Westhuizen today announced that the 2020 Gilmore International Keyboard Festival has been cancelled, in order to help contain the spread of COVID-19. The festival had been scheduled to take place April 22 – May 10, 2020, and the April 15 pre-festival performance by pianist Evgeny Kissin and soprano Renée Fleming has also been cancelled.

While the decision to cancel comes with great sadness, The Gilmore takes the safety and health of its guests, artists, volunteers, staff, and community very seriously. The Gilmore is working on alternate plans to bring many of the great artists originally scheduled for the 2020 Festival back to western Michigan at a later date. In the meantime, we urge everyone to follow the health and safety guidelines put forth by public health officials.

2020 Festival Ticket Donation, Exchange, or Refund Information

The following options are available for those who have already purchased tickets to the 2020 Festival:

  • Donate your tickets and receive a tax deduction for the total ticket value.
  • Request a credit for any Gilmore performance through the 2022 Festival.
  • Receive a refund for the value of the ticket.

Please note: The Gilmore will waive all fees associated with ticket exchanges, credits, and refunds.

How To Contact The Box Office

Email: Please contact with your preference. The Gilmore team will respond as quickly as possible.

Phone: 269.3359.7311. The Gilmore expects a larger-than-normal call volume and will answer all calls in the order that they are received.

In Person/Box Office: The Gilmore encourages everyone to follow CDC guidelines and stay home as much as possible. While emails and calls are strongly recommended, The Gilmore box office will be open Monday – Friday, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. 

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Press contacts:


John Hamby | Shuman Associates | (212) 315-1300

Mindy MacInnis, Director of Marketing | The Gilmore | (269) 342-1166

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