New York’s symphony orchestras, including the famed New York Philharmonic, the New York City Philharmonia, and the New Orleans Symphony Orchestra, have all been rocked by the sudden cancellation of concerts in 2017, with the orchestra canceling its concert in 2018.
But a recent video posted by the New Yorkers’ orchestra shows the group explaining why.
The video, posted by New York Symphony Orchestra and performed by the Los Angeles Philharmonica Orchestra on February 2, 2017, explains that the 2017 event was “planned to celebrate our 10th anniversary” as the Philharmonie and the Los Angelos are currently working to expand their repertoire.
The musicians, who are part of the New Year’s Day tradition for orchestra members, also explain that they were “not prepared for the unprecedented” cancellation of the 2019 event.
In a post on the YouTube page of the Los Angles Philharmonics, they wrote: “This is the first time in 20 years that the New New York orchestras has had to cancel a concert, and it’s not due to a lack of talent, because it’s due to an unprecedented event.
It was always the case that the orchestra was not ready to take on this task, which is why the 2018 event was so challenging.
It took us a while to find a way to bring the performance to life.
We had to be open to the idea that this is the new reality.”
The musicians explained that in the months leading up to the 2019 concert, the orchestra had received “unprecedented requests from local partners” to perform.
But that request was never made to the Philocteters, who were told that they had to find “a way to get the gig” to play in New York.
The band went on to explain that it was a “very difficult time” for the musicians.
“The concert, which we hoped would be the highlight of our decade in New Jersey, was not what we hoped for, and so it was very difficult for us to find an option to play,” they wrote.
“It was also extremely difficult for the members to take it seriously.”
While the video makes it sound like the orchestra is still looking for new venues, the musicians said that they will likely have to take another look at playing in the city.
“This is an extremely difficult time for all of us, but we will continue to play, and we hope that the people of New York will join us on our journey,” the musicians wrote.