The first concert of Philadelphia’s Europe and Israel tour was targeted by demonstrators.
Two young women shouted ‘Free Palestine, Boycott Israel’ during the Brahms D minor concerto with soloist Hélène Grimaud.
Yannick led the orchestra off stage.
The concert resumed after a break of 25 minute.
Cellist John Koen posted:
Unfortunately more anti-Israeli protesters disrupted the Brahms Piano Concerto. Waiting to resume. #Update: back on stage, we started in the development section of the 1st movement, & the passion and beauty, as well as hope, of this great concerto were even more deeply felt by me, and I think likewise performed, fully revealing all the emotions, by @nezetseguin @helene.grimaud and @philorchmusicians ❤
As the President would say: Sad.
Philadelphia Orchestra evacuated half-way thru the 1st movement of Brahms Piano Concerto No.1 due to a “Free Palestine” protest by 2 young ladies. Thankfully @nezetseguin, @HeleneGrimaud and the @philorch kept their cool, continued and all ended in a standing ovation. Such drama! pic.twitter.com/DF1RZlgxDy
— Philippe Cahill (@phildec1976) May 24, 2018
UPDATE: What Yannick said.