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Jazz fest canceled at UNR amid Coronavirus concerns

By ThisIsReno

The University of Nevada, Reno today announced that it is canceling its long-running annual jazz festival that was scheduled for late April. The reason: Coronavirus.

“After considerable thought and deliberation, we feel that canceling the event is the respectful and prudent choice,” said UNR’s Shoshana Zeldner. “It is always a difficult decision to cancel events and the health and safety of the students, artists, teachers, volunteers, and event staff is our highest priority.”

Nearly 9,000 attend the event from around the West Coast. Officials said attendees are being notified and will be given full refunds.

“With nearly 9,000 people involved with this annual event, we appreciate and request everyone’s patience and understanding with regard to the dissemination of information related to the cancellation,” Zeldner said. “The Reno Jazz Festival is committed to providing an exceptional educational experience for aspiring jazz musicians and vocalists and we are sorry we won’t be able to provide this opportunity in 2020.

“While we are incredibly disappointed that this year’s festival will not take place, we are appreciative of the community’s support in helping us continue the Festival in 2021.”

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