New York Philharmonic gives first public performance in more than a year
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The New York Philharmonic on Wednesday gave its first public performance in more than a year, playing with masks and other coronavirus mitigation measures.

The performance took place at the Shed in Hudson Yards, the first performance the philharmonic has played in more than 13 months.

“On behalf of all us on stage, welcome back,” guest conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen, 62, told the crowd. “We have been dreaming of this moment for a long time.”

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The reduced ensemble of 23 string players played Caroline Shaw’s “Entr’acte,” Jean Silbelius’s “Rakastava (The Lover)” and Richard Strauss’s “Metamorphosen," according to The Associated Press

“The three works we have chosen to play tonight all share a sense of moaning, nostalgia and loss elevated to something deeply and essentially human by sheer beauty,” Salonen added. “Of course, no single program can even begin to sum up our feelings and emotions after these months. Instead, we should see tonight’s concert as a new beginning, a signal for happier times ahead, filled with music and other things that give meaning to our existence in this troubled world.”

The performance was done with electronic tickets with timed entry, the AP reports, and temperatures were taken upon entry. All attendees were required to show proof of either a negative coronavirus test or a completed COVID-19 vaccination at least 14 days earlier.

The philharmonic is hoping to restart subscription concerts in September, the AP reports.

New York has made several efforts to revive its live entertainment industry. In February, Gov. Andrew CuomoAndrew CuomoCuomo accuser blasts governor's 'Trumpian gaslighting' over harassment allegations Cuomo defends himself, pushes back amid harassment probe Bipartisan Senate bill introduced to give gyms B in relief MORE (D) announced venues could reopen with strict COVID-19 guidelines in place. New York also became the first state to introduce a vaccine passport program in March. The passes can be used at venues to allow for increased crowd size.