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New York Philharmonic sheds a vice-president

Theodore Wiprud has announced he is leaving as head of education at the NY Phil after 13 years. ‘I’m going to wrap it up in early February, with our Young People’s Concerts for Schools about the Harlem Renaissance,’ he says. Safe to assume that Debora Borda has soemthing in mind more akin to the Los […]

L.A. Phil Picks Seattle Symphony's Simon Woods As Next CEO

"The Los Angeles Philharmonic's spring news earlier this year that its longtime president and CEO, Deborah Borda, was departing for New York sent the arts world spinning. Since then, one question has hung - or rung, like a symphonic triangle - in the air: Who would replace her?" We now have the answer.

Review: Son Confronts Father to End a Leonard Bernstein Festival

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The actor Jeremy Irons is a riveting narrator in Bernstein’s “Kaddish” Symphony, with Leonard Slatkin conducting the New York Philharmonic.

Leonard Bernstein’s Ambitious Last Symphony, “Kaddish”

Russell Platt on Leonard Bernstein’s “Kaddish” symphony, which will be performed this week by the New York Philharmonic.

Critic’s Notebook: Not Just ‘West Side Story’: Celebrating Bernstein’s Symphonies

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In honor of Leonard Bernstein’s centennial, the New York Philharmonic is revisiting his three symphonies, which were often criticized in his lifetime.

Another new job for Alan Gilbert

The former music director of the New York Philharmonic has been named principal guest conductor of the Tokyo Metropolitan Orchestra, starting next April. That will keep him partly occupied until he takes over as chief conductor at the Hamburg Elbphilharmonie in September 2019.  

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"The dancers, the stage hands and the New York Philharmonic musicians are donating their participation." This from an article in the online journal Paper City about the special performance being produced by Jared Matthews and Yuriko Kajiya at the Ailey...

The Met and the Philharmonic Look Backward

A conservative start to New York’s fall music season, with “Norma” and Mahler.

New York needs concert hall ‘that suits our temperament and time’

2 months agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

Russell Platt in the New Yorker has written a shrewd assessment on the impasse over the New York Philharmonic’s concert hall at Lincoln Center. A half-billion dollar upgrade has been scrapped after the orchestra got cold feet about spending too long in exile. Donors are not rushing forward to match David Geffen’s naming gift. So […]

Is David Geffen’s Gift to Lincoln Center Enough to Inspire Half a Billion More?

Russell Platt on the scaled-back renovation plans for Lincoln Center’s David Geffen Hall, the home of the New York Philharmonic.

New York Philharmonic, Lincoln Center Give Up On $500M Renovation Of Geffen Hall

2 months agoArts : Modern Art Notes

Both organizations have new presidents - Debora Spar at Lincoln Center and Deborah Borda at the Phil - who did not like what they saw when they looked at the plan's costs, schedules (which were getting longer), and fundraising prospects. Said Spar, "There was a general sense that the project had just gotten too complicated."

Lincoln Center Scraps a $500 Million Geffen Hall Renovation

2 months agoNews : NYTimes: News

The center and the New York Philharmonic announced they would seek less dramatic ways to improve a hall they have long wanted to change.

The 'L.A. Phil Effect' hits New York, Cleveland and beyond

America’s oldest and most famous orchestra may call New York home, but when the Philharmonic recently opened its 176th season, it was with a notable nod to Los Angeles. If you entered the side entrance of David Geffen Hall for the New York Philharmonic’s first regular concert of the season, the...

More women conduct the LA Phil than all big US orchs combined

2 months agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

The claim from LA: ‘More women will conduct the LA Philharmonic this season than the symphonies of Chicago, Cincinnati, Detroit, Dallas, Houston, Indianapolis, Nashville, Oregon, the The Philadelphia Orchestra, and the New York Philharmonic combined.’ It’s factually correct and a credit to Deborah Borda’s progressive management. Show More Summary

The New York Philharmonic’s New Music Director Thrills to Exhaustion

Any conductor craving a triumphant entrance at a new job could do worse than choose Mahler’s Fifth, a blazing chariot of a symphony. Jaap van Zweden doesn’t officially take over the New York Philharmonic until a year from now, but at the orchestra’s opening-night concert on Tuesday, he was clearly ... More »

The New York Philharmonic Relives “Star Wars”

Russell Platt writes about how seeing ”Star Wars” at twelve years old was the perfect age to experience it as a composer.

Breaking: New York Phil deletes its principal horn

2 months agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

After two and a half months of half-truths and equivocation, the New York Philharmonic last night deleted Phil Myers from his website.     Richard Deane is now listed as acting principal horn. There has been no public statement or explanation. The New York Philharmonic is a performing organisation. It appears before the public night […]

New York Philharmonic drops principal horn from its all-stars

2 months agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

Meet the New York Philharmonic All-Stars, an online campaign to engage concertgoers with the top players. Missing from the set is the principal horn, Phil Myers. Phil has been principal horn since January 1980 and is still listed as such on the NY Phil website. The orchestra has refused to comment on reports of a […]

US orchestra appoints British CEO

3 months agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

The Satmford Symphony in Connecticut has recruited Russell Jones, presently with the New York Philharmonic, as president and CEO. Jones, a former head of the Association of British Orchestras, worked as director of major gifts at the NY Phil.

A Turning Point For The New York Philharmonic?

3 months agoArts : Modern Art Notes

This season, the orchestra has a new music director and a new chief executive. But some very big challenges - including raising vast amounts of money for hall renovations and financial stabilization. Also - where is the orchestra artistically? Very big questions hang in the air. Brian Wise explores the issues.

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