New York Philharmonic Cancels Its Entire 2020-21 Season, Due To Coronavirus

The New York City Philharmonic and its music director, Jaap van Zweden.

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The New York Philharmonic and its music director, Jaap van Zweden.

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The orchestra has actually assured to continue to offer streamed performances to the public, and says that it is moving ahead with strategies to remodel its house place at Lincoln Centers David Geffen Hall.


In the interim, the Philharmonic has used up some totally scaled outdoor efficiencies, both by itself and in partnership with Lincoln Center– pop-ups that are manageable as long as the weather permits, but will be much harder to sustain as winter season approaches.

On Tuesday, the New York Philharmonic revealed that has canceled all of its scheduled concerts through June 13, 2021. It is the very first time in the orchestras 178-year history that it has canceled a whole season.

In a press release, the orchestras president and CEO, Deborah Borda, called the season cancellation both unprecedented and “ravaging, both in its impact on the morale of audiences and musicians, and in its profound financial effects.”

Music director Jaap van Zweden said: “While its security initially, I continue to be enthusiastic that we will all be reunited by live performances in the not-too-distant future. My family and I in Amsterdam continue to miss our New York Philharmonic family.”

” We understand there was no other choice,” Borda stated, “but we likewise understand that music is most significant when shown listeners in a typical space.”

A spokesperson for the Philharmonic informed NPR that the orchestra had actually experienced a $10 million net loss due to the coronavirus shutdown for its 2020 , which ended on Aug. 31.

The last time that the orchestra played together was an open wedding rehearsal on the early morning of March 12; by the afternoon, places throughout New York City shut down. Tuesdays statement from the New York Philharmonic comes simply days after the Broadway League announced that Broadway will remain closed until at least May 30.