Yannick Nézet-Séguin
Photo: Marco Borggreve

Pro-Palestinian demonstrators stopped traffic on Philadelphia’s Broad Street and disturbed the performance of Tosca at the Kimmel Center on Saturday night, where  the Philadelphia Orchestra performed a semi-staged Tosca. Two of the protesters entered the hall, shouting, so that music director Yannick Nézet-Séguin slammed his baton on the podium and walked off the stage. The protesters, who were vociferously booed by the audience, were hurried out by the security guards. After the disruption, the concert continued.

Activists had been protesting outside the Philadelphia Orchestra’s Kimmel concerts for the last several weeks as the orchestra prepares to depart for its May 24-June 5 tour comprising concerts in Israel.

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