THE NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC has cancelled all concerts through January 5, 2021, the orchestra announced today.
“While the New York Philharmonic deeply regrets having to cancel our fall concerts, we had no choice,” the orchestra’s president and CEO Deborah Borda announced in a statement today. “Our number one concern is the health and safety of our audiences, musicians, and employees. It has become very clear that large groups of people will not be able to safely gather for the remainder of the calendar year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Our decision to let the entire Philharmonic family and our public know at this time has been strongly informed by New York State government regulations, along with the advice of medical experts.”
The orchestra said that it hopes to resume performances on January 6, 2021, and is currently exploring possibilities for concerts in smaller settings when possible. The Philharmonic will share broadcasts and archival footage featuring more than 150 hours of free digital content through its NY Phil Plays On portal until it resumes performances.
“This has been a challenging time for all of us,” said NYPO music director Jaap van Zweden. “My family and I have been at home in Amsterdam and, throughout these very long months, our New York Philharmonic family has been in our thoughts and hearts. I am so looking forward to 2021, when the great musicians of the New York Philharmonic and I can join together through live performances and be reunited with our public.”