New York Philharmonic cancels fall 2020 season

Posted on: June 10, 2020

“In yet another sign that the full resumption of cultural life is still far off, the New York Philharmonic announced on Wednesday that it was canceling its fall season,” writes Zachary Woolfe in Wednesday’s (6/10) New York Times. “ ‘We’re in a marathon,” Deborah Borda, the orchestra’s chief executive, said in an interview, adding: … ‘We will do our best to find some way of doing some kind of performances. There must be live music for people.’ The decision not to resume performances before Jan. 6, 2021 at the earliest came the week after the Metropolitan Opera said it would not reopen before the end of December…. The Philharmonic has been able to continue to pay its musicians … through Sept. 21, when their current contract expires. The musicians and management plan to meet through the summer to negotiate a new contract. The orchestra’s administrative staff … may well now be a target of cuts…. Construction [on the renovation of David Geffen Hall, the orchestra’s Lincoln Center home] is scheduled to begin in May 2022—but Ms. Borda said, … ‘We’re looking to see if we can accelerate some of the work right away to move us ahead in our plans.’ ”