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June 1, 2021IM -
In mid-April, exactly 400 days after its last live indoor performance, the New York Philharmonic welcomed an audience for a concert at the Shed in New York City. The orchestra’s home venue at Lincoln Center is currently closed for renovations.
Led by guest conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen, the Philharmonic, whose musicians are members of Local 802 (New York City), performed “Entr’acte” by Caroline Shaw, “Rakastava” by Sibelius, and “Metamorphosen” by Strauss.
Putting safety first, the audience was required to be masked, socially distanced, and either tested or vaccinated for Covid-19. The HVAC system, working overtime to ventilate the space, was an audible drone throughout the performance.
Last summer and fall, the New York Philharmonic gave pop-up performances outdoors, riding around the city in a rented pickup truck. The concert truck is expected to be back on the road this spring.