Edinburgh International Festival announces program change for Philadelphia Orchestra concert

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The Edinburgh International Festival has announced a program change.

The company said: “Unfortunately, as the Philadelphia Orchestra’s COVID-19 protocols differ from current UK guidelines, it has become necessary to modify the program for the concert on Thursday August 25 to accommodate the preferences of the orchestra. .”

As a result, the program will now include Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 and Rachmaninoff’s “Island of the Dead”.

The company added: “This replaces Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. The concert has been renamed Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony on our website to reflect this change. Unfortunately, this means that the Edinburgh Festival Choir will not be performing at this concert. However, they will still perform as scheduled at the closing concert, alongside the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and the National Youth Choir of Scotland, on Sunday 28 August. We are confident that we have sufficient measures in place to ensure the safety of the choir and orchestra performing together on stage, in line with standard UK concert practice.

Ticket holders will have the option of being reimbursed if they no longer wish to attend.

Yannick Nézet-Séguin will conduct the concert with the Philadelphia Orchestra.

Darcy J. Skinner