World premiere of the first Covid symphony

World premiere of the first Covid symphony


norman lebrecht

January 21, 2021

The South Dakota Symphony willgive the first performance this Saturday of a Covid-reflective work titled Already Yesterday or Still Tomorrow.

It’s by the New York-based journalist and composer, Frank J Oteri.


  • Rob Keeley says:

    I was wondering who’d be the first to jump on this particular bandwagon…

  • Matt says:

    Not the first. The Wuhan Philharmonic presented Ye Zou’s choral symphony “To 2020” which had its world premiere at the Beijing Music Festival in October.

  • JussiB says:

    Unlike many people, I want to escape the world through the arts, and not be reminded of the sick ugly PC world we live in.

    • True North says:

      Just how is a work reflective of COVID “PC”? To politicize the pandemic, as right-wingers often do for some reason, is a really shockingly stupid thing to do.

  • John Borstlap says:

    O dear!

  • Jerome Hoberman says:

    “Social Distancing,” by OZNO (James Boznos) has already been performed several times in Hong Kong. It’s an outstanding work.

  • Peter San Diego says:

    I thought Leif Segerstam was first off the mark on a COVID symphony, last year. Admittedly, it was a very brief work, if I recall correctly. Will Oteri’s work be available for streaming at some point?

  • Gustavo says:

    Segerstam had the first Corona-Symphony.

  • Peter X says:

    Dear mr. Oteri, we all suffer in these difficult times. In a couple of weeks, after the vaccination, hair dressers will reopen!

    • NotToneDeaf says:

      Making fun of people’s looks – how hilarious and witty. I didn’t realize 12-year-olds were interested in this site.

  • Sampsa says:

    Opera fans should branch out to Covid Fan Tutte by Finnish National Opera…

  • Hilary says:

    over 400 classical compositions with the word corona in the title. Time to resuscitate some of them.
    Let’s start with ‘ Corona Carminum Sacrorum’ by Arthur Lourie (1892-1966)