Zander rehearses BPYO in Carnegie Hall (Steven Eliopoulos)
I am taking the unusual step of creating a very detailed description of the extraordinary turn of events that led up to our concerts this past June on our tours to Carnegie Hall and Spain. I wouldn’t normally give such a detailed description of the ins and outs and behind the scenes deliberations that go into deciding concert programs. The story of “making the sausage” offers some fundamental things about how the BPYO operates and how deeply the spirit of Possibility has become infused into the daily workings of this miraculous orchestra.
Everything was in place for BPYO’s two week, six-city June tour to Brazil—a thousand tickets had already been sold for one of the concerts! But at the January 26th meeting of the Boston Philharmonic Board (the parent organization of the BPYO), the Board voted to cancel the tour. The news about the danger of the Zika virus had been filling the papers and one of our board members, an expert in tropical diseases, stated that he would not permit his cellist granddaughter to go to Brazil.