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The Philadelphia Orchestra performs to a live audience for the first time since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic

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PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) – As guests lined up outside the Kimmel Center for Performing Arts in Philadelphia, you could tell it was a special night.

After all, it had been almost two years since no one had seen the Philadelphia Orchestra in person.

Tuesday night was the first night since the start of the pandemic, the orchestra performed in front of a live crowd at full capacity.

“This is my first night at a wonderful place. So I’m very excited to be here,” Erica James said.

Once through the door, after passing a screening test for proof of a Covid-19 vaccination, you felt the energy only increase.

“I’m excited because we’re all back in person. I love the orchestra,” said Ellen Phillips.

Then at 6 o’clock, it was show time. The Philadelphia Orchestra was greeted with a standing ovation. The performance began with world famous cellist Yo-Yo Ma.

Philadelphia Orchestra CEO Matias Tarnopolsky said it was a big night for more than just the guests. Many employees have made big sacrifices to get to this point.

“Everyone took a pay cut and some people left the organization. But we really succeeded in keeping everyone as whole as possible, making music and being connected to the community,” said Tarnopolsky.

The orchestra certainly did not disappoint the crowd.

“It was very moving and of course wonderful. The Philadelphia Orchestra,” said guest Enrique Curchitser.

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