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Eastern Center for the Performing Arts
Eastern Regional High School
1401 Laurel Oak Road, Voorhees, NJ
It’s hard to believe that just a few weeks ago, our musicians were deep in rehearsals, and our Board of Directors was putting the final touches on our plans for the most celebratory of Beethoven 9 concerts you could imagine. Since then, of course, our lives have been turned upside down by Covid-19. While we would love to be able to offer our community the gift of music at this difficult time, our foremost concern is the health and safety of our musicians and audience members, and our gathering must wait. Therefore, we have made the difficult decision to cancel our April 26 performance of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9.
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April 26 was to have been the final concert of my tenure leading the Philharmonic, which makes this cancellation that much more difficult. The thought of leaving the Philharmonic now, as the world grapples with the uncertainty of whatever is still to come, has weighed heavily on me since all of this began. During any time of crisis, stable leadership is key, and it’s clear that our community will need music and healing when all of this passes. Times like these demand that families stick together. In conversations with our Board of Directors, we have all agreed that the time is not right for me to move on, and instead I will remain as Music Director for one more season so that we may celebrate PSNJ’s 30th anniversary together in the 2020-21 season.
The search for my successor will merely be paused, and the process will continue one year from now. Our hope–whenever we can resume our lives closer than 6 feet from one another–is to arrange a special concert for the community with a program appropriate for the occasion.
Stay healthy. Be safe. And remember, as you continue to stay home and distanced from your friends and family, music has an extraordinary ability to heal. I hope you will allow some of your favorite music to comfort you during this difficult time. I speak for the entire Philharmonic family when I say that we can’t wait to be back on stage sharing our music with you.