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Music Rings Out Once Again In Minneapolis's Orchestra Hall

Posted On: Aug 1, 2021   |   Posted By: CBS

This article was originally published on June 11, 2021
MINNEAPOLIS - For 461 days, there's been no roaring applause at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis, only a hollow hall with seats unfilled.
But Friday night marked a homecoming for the Minnesota Orchestra, as it welcomed a live audience for the first time since it was forced to shutter last spring.
“There are very few things in the world that can match the applause of 2,000 people when this orchestra is playing, and losing that has been the hardest part,” said Grant Meachum, director of the Live at Orchestra Hall series. “Being able to get that back, it feels like another step toward whatever normal the world is going to be like.”
The last show with people was March 7, 2020. The Orchestra has, and still does, offer virtual performances online. It had to adapt in the pandemic to stay afloat. But the experience isn't the same hearing the melodies start to play in-person in that space in downtown Minneapolis.
When the musicians came on stage in unison -...

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