Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Philadelphia Orchestra Cancels Tonight's Concert

For the first time in memory, the Philadelphia Orchestra has let the snow win. Tonight's concert has been canceled.

Philadelphia Orchestra Cancels Tonight's Concert


For the first time in memory, the Philadelphia Orchestra has let the snow win. Tonight's concert has been canceled.

"Although it is unprecedented for the Philadelphia Orchestra to cancel a concert due to snow, the decision was made after evaluating numerous factors related to the snowstorm," said an orchestra spokeswoman in a statement. "SEPTA’s decision to cancel bus service and all Regional Rail service made it clear that our patrons and Orchestra musicians would be uniquely challenged to attend this evening’s concert. Both Governor Rendell and Mayor Nutter have asked people, if possible, to stay off the roads, and the Mayor’s Director of Emergency Management, Maryanne Tierney, supported the Orchestra’s decision to cancel."

Ticket holders to tonight’s performance may donate their tickets; exchange into one of the Beyond the Score concerts (April 8 and June 3); or they may exchange into another subscription concert of their choice prior to the close of the season in June.  Patrons are asked to call Ticket Philadelphia between and Feb. 8 and 19 at 215-893-1999 to make arrangements. 

The program, led by Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, was to have featured Mendelssohn's Incidental Music to A Midsummer Night's Dream and Sheherazade by Rimsky-Korsakov. A review of Thursday night's performance tells us what we missed.

For a list of Kimmel Center concerts already canceled, look here. The Curtis Institute of Music plans to make a decision about Sunday afternoon's concert by 9 a.m.


Inquirer Classical Music Critic
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Peter Dobrin is a classical music critic and culture writer for The Inquirer. Since 1989, he has written music reviews, features, news and commentary for the paper, covering such topics as the Philadelphia Museum of Art at the Venice Biennale, expansion of the Curtis Institute of Music, the Philadelphia Orchestra's bankruptcy declaration in 2011, Philadelphia's evolving performing arts center and the general health of arts and culture.

Dobrin was a French horn player. He earned an undergraduate degree in performance from the University of Miami, and received a master's degree in music criticism from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, where he studied with Elliott Galkin. He has no time to practice today.

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