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June 1, 2021IM -
The Philadelphia Orchestra has announced that it will perform for live audiences at Verizon Hall this fall. The concerts will be about one hour long with no intermission. Only about half of the hall will be sold, in pods of two, three, and four, to allow for social distancing. Ensemble sizes will be limited as well.
Opening night will take place on October 5 with cellist Yo-Yo Ma of Local 802 (New York City). The orchestra’s schedule has been planned through December 31, and features diverse repertoire and guest artists.
Among other changes, the orchestra’s dress will be different in the new season. The traditional white ties and tails will be replaced with the all-black attire that has been worn for digital performances over the past year. In addition, the Philadelphia Orchestra plans to incorporate more multimedia elements and lighting into its performances.
This summer, Philadelphia Orchestra musicians, represented by Local 77 (Philadelphia, PA), will travel to Vail, Colorado, and Saratoga, New York, for live performances, in addition to welcoming back live audiences locally for outdoor concerts at the Mann Music Center.