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NY Philharmonic Gives 1st Concert With Audience in 13 Months

Photo Courtesy: Associated Press

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NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Philharmonic has given its first public performance after of a historic hiatus of more than 13 months caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

The orchestra played at the Shed in Brookfield Place, about 2 miles from its under-renovation Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.

Conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen welcomed the crowd of 150, spaced in a venue that usually seats about 1,200.

Each person was masked and had to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test or vaccination.

There was a reduced force of 23 strings — all masked — and no brass or woodwinds for a program that lasted one hour.