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The Precarious Future of the Performing Arts

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As NYC begins slowly and cautiously re-opening, more and more questions arise about what that will look like, including how cultural institutions will adapt, or how they won’t, and what will fall to the wayside. If you’re a supporter of performing arts in NYC and other major cities in the US, check out this recent piece from Vulture.

“I’ve never dealt with such a fluid and changeable situation,” says New York Philharmonic president Deborah Borda. “We don’t know whether our music director will be allowed back into the country, whether artists will be able to come from Europe or Asia, or whether there will be testing for the audience. What about testing orchestra members every single day? There are literally hundreds of questions.” And no easy answers. “For the performing arts, the idea of a V-shaped recovery is not possible,” the Met’s general manager, Peter Gelb, says. “It’s going to be slow.”

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