The orchestra and all the things that can go wrong on the way to opening night

You're spending all your time in bankruptcy court or in labor talks with your musicians. But you plan an opening night concert anyway. Your stagehands go on strike. Then they're back. Or are they? You're not sure. So you move your opening night concert across town. And the fancy dinner. Then your soprano cancels.

Welcome to the opening of the Philadelphia Orchestra's 2011-12 season. It happens not on home turf at the Kimmel Center, but at the University of Pennsylvania's Irvine Auditorium, Thursday night. Deborah Voigt has agreed to perform in Dawn Upshaw's stead. Now it's time to think good thoughts and hope nothing else goes wrong on the way to opening night. And to wonder: can you protect a soprano in bubble wrap?

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