The San Francisco Symphony has canceled a pair of concerts planned for April in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. The Symphony issued a statement Monday saying the decision is a “response to (North Carolina’s) House Bill 2 (HB2), a law which overturned protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals earlier this year.”
The two concerts at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill would have been the Symphony’s first visit to the state, and were scheduled as the first stop on an East Coast tour that still includes two concerts at New York’s Carnegie Hall.
“We waited as long as we could to make a decision,” said Symphony Executive Director Brent Assink, “to see if there were any indication one way or another about the fate of HB2, and we see no near term indication that the law will be overturned.”
Assink said the symphony was reluctant to cancel, “because Chapel Hill and our presenter, The University of North Carolina, espouses the values that we uphold here.”
The symphony statement quoted Carolina Performing Arts Executive and Artistic Director and Special Assistant to the Chancellor, Emil J. Kang, as saying he’s disappointed that the symphony has canceled, but noting that the university has never enforced HB2 on campus.