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.