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Itzhak Perlman postpones Sarasota concert due to ‘travel precautions’

It’s Tampa Bay’s first major concert postponement directly tied to coronavirus.
Itzhak Perlman has postponed his March 21 concert at Sarasota's Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall due to travel precautions related to coronavirus. [Lisa Marie Mazzucco]

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Another major artist has rescheduled an upcoming Tampa Bay performance, at least the seventh postponement or cancellation in the last week.

This one, though, is the first to specifically cite coronavirus.

Violinist Itzhak Perlman and pianist Rohan De Silva have postponed their March 21 concert at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall “due to current travel precautions,” the Sarasota venue said in a statement. The show will now take place on March 8, 2021. Tickets to the old date will be honored. Click here for details.

The news comes less than 24 hours after Art Garfunkel postponed his concert Saturday at the Nancy and David Bilheimer Capitol Theatre in Clearwater without an explanation. Before that, David Foster, Mike Campbell’s Dirty Knobs, John Mayall and De La Soul rapper Trugoy pushed back or canceled local performances due to some sort of health issue. Same with Marc Anthony in Orlando. A Friday concert by Dire Straits Legacy at Tampa Theatre was canceled due to low ticket sales, according to the venue.

Related: Art Garfunkel postpones Saturday's concert in Clearwater

Perlman is 74. Doctors have recommended that the elderly limit their travel as COVID-19, or coronavirus, continues to spread around the United States. As of Wednesday morning, there have been 20 cases of coronavirus documented in Florida, including two deaths.

For details on the Perlman concert in Sarasota, click here.

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