New York Philharmonic among first to perform at NYC’s Shed for COVID-tested, vaccinated audiences

Posted on: March 11, 2021

New York City’s Shed will host performances, including a string concert by the New York Philharmonic, for small audiences that have either been tested for or vaccinated against the coronavirus.

New York City’s Shed venue, closed for nearly a year due to the pandemic, will “hold a series of indoor performances next month for limited audiences in which everyone has either been tested for the coronavirus or vaccinated against it,” writes Michael Paulson in Wednesday’s (3/10) New York Times. “The Shed said it would present four events next month: concerts by the cellist and vocalist Kelsey Lu, the soprano Renée Fleming and a string ensemble from the New York Philharmonic, and a comedy set by Michelle Wolf. Each of the performances will be open to up to 150 people, all masked, in a space that can seat 1,280. The Shed said it would require patrons to present confirmation of a recent negative coronavirus test, or confirmation of full vaccination…. The productions are small, but not tiny; Lu will be accompanied by 14 musicians, and the Philharmonic ensemble will include 20 players. None of the performances will have intermissions…. The Shed has some considerable architectural advantages under the circumstances—it is a new building with a state-of-the-art HVAC system capable of fully refreshing the breathable indoor air every 30 minutes, and its 18,000-square-foot main performance space opens directly to the outside.”