Iowa’s top performing orchestra is joining a chorus of musicians calling for a repeal of an archaic law that prohibits orchestras from performing during funerals.
The All-Iowa Symphony Orchestra issued a statement Thursday calling for the repeal of the funeral ban, which prohibits orchestrations from performing if a member of the orchestra dies.
The ban is on hold as of Jan. 4.
The law, which dates back to the 1920s, was first enacted in response to a suicide at a New York City funeral home in 1926 and was amended in the 1990s to protect musicians from having to perform if they were being cremated or put in a vegetative state.
It has since been upheld in court and upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court.
The law has since lapsed in some cases.