Philadelphia Orchestra scraps 20-21 seasonmain
A replacement season was rolled out today, with a small ensembles performing online without an audience.
‘It’s totally different,’ said Matías Tarnopolsky, president and CEO. ‘Because of COVID, it’s not safe to convene a large orchestra in a large concert hall with audiences present.’
Ensembles of 25 to 30 musicians will perform at an empty Verizon Hall or outdoors at the Mann Center, filmed for online transmission. Yannick Nézet-Séguin will conduct seven concerts. Guest artists will include Emanuel Ax, Angel Blue, Yefim Bronfman, Lang Lang and Branford Marsalis.
They’re calling it ‘reimagined’. Just like every other orchestra.