OGDEN -- Due to the evening rush-hour blizzard conditions on Thursday, the Ogden Symphony Ballet Association was forced to cancel the Utah Symphony's performance of Sibelius' violin concerto and other works at Weber State University's Browning Center.
This is the first time an OSBA show has been canceled due to inclement weather, said OSBA marketing manager Melissa Seamons.
The area around Weber State, where the OSBA presents its shows, was significantly hit by the storm, with multiple accidents and slide-offs snarling traffic for hours around campus.
Seamons said the orchestra's instrument truck made it to Ogden late in the afternoon through the storm, but as conditions kept growing worse, it was decided that it was too risky for the musicians' buses to make the trip northward. Seamons and OSBA marketing manager Lara Deppe then attempted to phone as many ticketholders as possible to let them know about the cancellation before attendees ventured through the storm.
"Most of them were very grateful we were canceling, as they were not going to be able to attend anyway," said Seamons.
The association is suggesting three options to holders of tickets to the canceled performance. OSBA will exchange them for any of the remaining shows this season -- the BYU Young Ambassadors on Jan. 19, the BYU International Folk Ensemble on April 27, and the Utah Symphony performances of Mendelssohn's Italian Symphony on Feb. 7, "Do You Hear the People Sing" on Feb. 28, "El Salon Mexico" on April 1 and "The Music of John Williams," on May 2.
Or, the tickets may be exchanged at Salt Lake City's Abravanel Hall, 123 W. South Temple, for a similar-quality seat for the Sibelius concert performance at 8 p.m. today. The association also said that patrons can donate the price of their unused tickets back to OSBA as a tax-deductible donation.
For other options or further details, call the OSBA at 801-399-9214.