COACHELLA, STAGECOACH CANCELED

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Coachella and Stagecoach music festivals have been canceled due to coronavirus concerns.

Dr. Cameron Kaiser, Riverside County's public health officer, signed an order yesterday canceling the popular festivals outside Palm Springs for this year. Health officials are concerned about a possible surge in coronavirus cases in the fall.

Coachella, a massive music and arts festival, and Stagecoach, a country music event, are typically held in April but were previously postponed until October.

Now, “given the projected circumstances and potential, I would not be comfortable moving forward,” Kaiser said.

Travis Scott, Calvin Harris and Frank Ocean were set to headline Coachella. The Stagecoach lineup included Lil Nas X, Carrie Underwood and Billy Ray Cyrus.

CHLOE X HALLE GETS BEYONCE’S BLESSING

NEW YORK (AP) — After the sister duo Chloe x Halle spent a year working on their sophomore album, which they co-wrote, co-produced and co-engineered, they sent it off to get thoughts from their mentor, Beyoncé.

Her royal response: It’s flawless.

“When we sent her the album, she said that she loved it and didn’t have any notes,” Chloe Bailey recalled in an interview with The Associated Press. “(We) were like, ‘Oh wow!’ She must really like it because she always sends notes, which we appreciate and add in most of the time. I’m really proud of this album and if she loves it, I hope everyone else loves it, too.”

The 13-track “Ungodly Hour,” to be released tomorrow by Beyoncé’s Parkwood Entertainment and Columbia Records, finds the singing siblings, who debuted on the music scene as cute, innocuous teenagers, transitioning into adulthood.

NY PHILHARMONIC CANCELS FALL SEASON

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Philharmonic canceled its fall season because of the coronavirus pandemic and has moved up the start of Geffen Hall’s reconstruction to take advantage of the orchestra’s absence.

Philharmonic President Deborah Borda says she hopes to resume performances on Jan. 6.

While the Vienna Philharmonic resumed performances in Austria last weekend with just 100 people in the audience, U.S. orchestras can’t afford to perform without ticket revenue.

“People say, well, the European orchestras are doing this, how come the American orchestras aren’t? European orchestras are basically funded by their governments,” Borda said. “They can actually give concerts with 100 people in the hall and it’s covered. That is certainly not the case for American arts institutions.”

The orchestra announced its decision one week after the Metropolitan Opera pushed back opening night by 3 1/2 months to Dec. 31.