Live Performance of BeethovenNOW: Symphonies 5 & 6

On March 12, 2020, The Philadelphia Orchestra, led by Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin, performed its BeethovenNOW: Symphonies 5 & 6 program to an empty Verizon Hall for live broadcast. The original concert had been cancelled to the public due to COVID-19. The program opened with the world premiere of Iman Habibi’s “Jeder Baum spricht,” written in dialogue with the two Beethoven symphonies.


WHYY-TV 12 will air on Saturday, March 21, 2020, at 9:00 PM, the full performance of BeethovenNOW: Symphonies 5 & 6 recorded on Thursday, March 12, 2020, to an empty Verizon Hall. WHYY 12.1 is available on Comcast 812 and Fios 512.

“As The Philadelphia Orchestra suspends concerts and events in response to COVID-19, we offer this special concert—performed to an empty Verizon Hall—to be streamed live to audiences throughout Philadelphia and around the world,” said Orchestra President and CEO Matías Tarnopolsky. “To share music with our communities in this way speaks beautifully to the power of music to connect us all—even when we cannot be together in the concert hall. We are very grateful to WRTI for their long-term support of the Orchestra on the radio and to WHYY for responding so warmly and swiftly in the current circumstances.”

Thank You to Our Generous Sponsors

The March 12–14 concerts are sponsored by Elia D. Buck and Caroline B. Rogers.

The March 12 concert is sponsored by
The Philadelphia Inquirer

The March 12 concert is sponsored by Red Moose Charitable Trust.

Due to rapidly evolving developments, and in accordance with the City of Philadelphia’s recommendation that all large gatherings be suspended to limit community transmission of COVID-19, all scheduled Philadelphia Orchestra rehearsals, performances, and events through May 10, 2020, are cancelled. Learn more