With concert halls shut, NY Philharmonic takes to sidewalk

NEW YORK – With general performance halls shut since of the coronavirus pandemic, the ideal concert venue a violinist could hope for one particular modern October Friday was a sidewalk in the Bronx.

Fiona Simon tuned her instrument as she well prepared for one particular of her only community performances with the New York Philharmonic in months.

The placing was a much cry from the orchestra’s typical house at Manhattan’s Lincoln Center. Site visitors hummed and sirens wailed as a crew laid cables and unloaded speakers from the again of a double-parked pickup truck.

But Simon mentioned the pop-up concert — one particular of various the Philharmonic has been playing about the town this tumble — filled a require she’s experienced due to the fact indoor performances stopped in March, depriving musicians of not just a paycheck, but a perception of objective.

“You’re not a full musician if you’re just

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