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Two more concerts cancelled
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Previously, I had been notified that the Philadelphia Orchestra was cancelling all concerts through May 10. Today, I received an email stating that the rest of the season through June is cancelled. This is not unexpected, but it's still disappointing, especially considering the pianists I am going to miss: On May 14, 2020, Evgeny Kissin was scheduled to give an all-Beethoven recital (an "extra event" sponsored by the Orchestra); and on May 28, 2020, Yuja Wang was to be the soloist with the Orchestra in Brahms PC 1, with Yannick Nezet-Seguin conducting.

I know there are bigger problems in the world, but I had been looking forward to these concerts since I bought tickets over a year ago. frown

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I know I was also holding good tickets to some piano concerts. Not just these concerts but most of the events planned for Beethoven year are cancelled. Also Verbier cancelled. And my piano summer camp cancelled. Kissin and Wang still alive to play another day. But there won't be another Beethoven year for some time.

It seems organizers do not postpone concerts, say til later this year. I guess it's because the next season's line up is already fixed by now.

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There will be no concerts here before the end of August.

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I suspect that I will be cancelling the concerts I put on from July to August.


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Originally Posted by Hank M
Previously, I had been notified that the Philadelphia Orchestra was cancelling all concerts through May 10. Today, I received an email stating that the rest of the season through June is cancelled. This is not unexpected, but it's still disappointing, especially considering the pianists I am going to miss: On May 14, 2020, Evgeny Kissin was scheduled to give an all-Beethoven recital (an "extra event" sponsored by the Orchestra); and on May 28, 2020, Yuja Wang was to be the soloist with the Orchestra in Brahms PC 1, with Yannick Nezet-Seguin conducting.

I know there are bigger problems in the world, but I had been looking forward to these concerts since I bought tickets over a year ago. frown
Hank I am with you. The entire subscription that I purchased was cancelled. Thats all nine symphonies of Beethoven along with a few others. Like yourself, I purchased my tickets over a year ago. Same happened with my Philadelphia Chamber Music Society Subscription. I know our problem now is much more serious than missing concert performances. I totally acknowledge this. But, I am beyond disappointed. I don't know that they will ever schedule an all Beethoven series again. And, with Maestro Nezet-Seguin conducting.


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.....I know there are bigger problems in the world, but I had been looking forward to these concerts since I bought tickets over a year ago. frown

And I look forward to continuing to see your great write-ups!

We hear about how it might be a changed world after this and that many of us might feel our interests and priorities to be different, but I hope this will remain one of yours!

And of course, hope you're doing OK through this.

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There will be no concerts here before the end of August.
Unfortunately that's probably correct. I have tickets to hear Igor Levit perform live in La Jolla, California next month, but its a foregone conclusion that it will be cancelled. He was scheduled to play all Beethoven, including op. 22 and the "Hammerklavier". Alas, he won't be traveling to the U.S. from Germany anytime soon. At least I have his daily Twitter recitals.


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There will be no concerts here before the end of August.
Unfortunately that's probably correct. I have tickets to hear Igor Levit perform live in La Jolla, California next month, but its a foregone conclusion that it will be cancelled. He was scheduled to play all Beethoven, including op. 22 and the "Hammerklavier". Alas, he won't be traveling to the U.S. from Germany anytime soon. At least I have his daily Twitter recitals.
Most unfortunate. I'd love to attend a concert in the new Conrad Prebys Concert Hall (where Levit was scheduled to perform). The 500 seat Conrad replaces the 500 seat Sherwood Hall in La Jolla that opened in 1960 and was torn down in 2017. I do hope Levit will be able to perform there in the future.


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Even if there were concerts in July and August one would crazy to attend unless possibly if one lived in an area with extremely low virus cases. Most of the biggest concert will be in the biggest cities and most of those cities have big virus problems. Until there is a vaccine or effective treatment I think all big concert halls will be closed.

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Alas, he won't be traveling to the U.S. from Germany anytime soon. At least I have his daily Twitter recitals.

Levit's Twitter recitals have been my almost daily bread for the last few weeks.

Given the infection rate, especially near major cities, it's not a good idea to travel to the US no matter what the enticements! I dread having to go to the store.


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to all you who complain about not being able to attend concerts: there are others that can't give concerts for the same obvious reasons, mine have all been cancelled, and, no, one is not payed in advance.


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to all you who complain about not being able to attend concerts: there are others that can't give concerts for the same obvious reasons, mine have all been cancelled, and, no, one is not payed in advance.

I’m so sorry! And yes, this is much more difficult for the scheduled performer than it is for the audience that misses the performance. Would a livestream performance with an option to donate Be of any financial benefit?


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"Glimmer of hope" -- The Guardian reports that Wigmore Hall in London will begin livestreaming concerts starting June 1st. The livestreaming will be available on the Wigmore Hall website and radio broadcast will be on BBC 3 Radio. Artists will play to an empty concert hall, with just a bare technical crew and host. Participants are local Londoners, including pianists Stephen Hough, Mitsuko Uchida, Benjamin Grosvenor and Angela Hewitt. Hough will begin June 1st, playing the Bach-Busoni Chaconne and Schumann Fantasy. The series of 24 concerts will take place each day throughout June starting at 1 pm London time. The last concert will feature tenor Mark Padmore and Uchida in a performance of Schubert's song cycle "Winterreise".


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I had tickets to see Argerich and Kovacevich. Cancelled, of course, which is extremely disappointing.

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"Glimmer of hope" -- The Guardian reports that Wigmore Hall in London will begin livestreaming concerts starting June 1st. The livestreaming will be available on the Wigmore Hall website and radio broadcast will be on BBC 3 Radio. ".

I'd heard about this - it should be good. The BBC Proms looks like it's going ahead, which is surprising - hopefully this won't also be cancelled.

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I'd heard about this - it should be good. The BBC Proms looks like it's going ahead, which is surprising - hopefully this won't also be cancelled.

I can't see the Proms going ahead unless it's in some radically different form. Mitsuko Uchida said a while back that she was going to play the Diabelli Variations for the Beethoven year in a late night prom. I'd been looking forward to that. Maybe if it's near the end of the Proms season it might still go ahead. Hopefully air fares have come down by then...

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I just took a chance and renewed my subscription for the 2020-2021 Philadelphia Orchestra season. The first concert in my series is scheduled for November 21, 2020, and features Yefim Bronfman as the soloist in Rach 3. And sitting on my desk is the brochure for the next season of the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society. Their piano series begins with a recital by Rafal Blechacz on November 13, 2020. I'll probably take a further chance and send this in. Will these and future concerts proceed as scheduled? Who knows? All I can do is hope for the best.

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Originally Posted by Hank M
I just took a chance and renewed my subscription for the 2020-2021 Philadelphia Orchestra season. The first concert in my series is scheduled for November 21, 2020, and features Yefim Bronfman as the soloist in Rach 3. And sitting on my desk is the brochure for the next season of the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society. Their piano series begins with a recital by Rafal Blechacz on November 13, 2020. I'll probably take a further chance and send this in. Will these and future concerts proceed as scheduled? Who knows? All I can do is hope for the best.
I renewed my subscription to both as well. I have faith and hope that they will proceed as scheduled.


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