As Snow Falls, the Show (Mostly) Goes On

Classic Arts News   As Snow Falls, the Show (Mostly) Goes On
 
The blizzard that brought more than a foot of snow to much of the Northeast this weekend did not bring music to a halt, for the most part. Performances took place on Saturday night, January 22, at the Boston Symphony, the Philadelphia Orchestra, and Carnegie Hall.

The Baltimore Symphony did cancel its concert that night, according to the Baltimore Sun.

The story was perhaps most dramatic at the Philadelphia Orchestra, where much of the orchestra and the audience was unable to make it to the Kimmel Center, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. About 750 concertgoers, most of whom had bought $10 "snow tickets," heard a partially revamped program, including what may prove to be a star-making moment. Pianist Emanuel Ax, a guest artist on the program, and associate principal cellist Efe Baltacigil gave a barely-rehearsed rendition of Beethoven's First Cello Sonata. The performance, writes the Inquirer's Peter Dobrin, "reveal[ed] Baltacigil as a highly individualized solo artist."


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