Fifty years ago an instantly iconic photograph was taken of Rudolf Bing, general manager of the Metropolitan Opera, Leonard Bernstein, music director of the New York Philharmonic, and George Balanchine, artistic director of New York City Ballet. They are posed in front of Lincoln Center’s Philharmonic Hall. The Met is about to inaugurate its new home, completing the move to … [Read more...] about Lincoln Center Snapshot: Bing, Bernstein, and Balanchine Fifty Years Later
Fifty years ago Lincoln Center opened in New York City. Unquestionably, the project was a success for the neighborhood, sparking a rejuvenation of Manhattan's upper West Side and providing needed homes for the city's major performing arts companies. It was also an influential idea - creating a campus for the performing arts and drawing attention to the arts as a critical mass … [Read more...] about Culture On a Hill – Did America’s Performing Arts Center Model Lead To A Dead End?
Having worked with Joe Horowitz and having read his books I agree in principal with his assessment of the “classical” music industry, its history and present situation. Copland’s quote from 1941 stands as well today as it did 76 years ago. My copy of Joe’s “Classical Music in America” is dog-eared, with quotes from people during the late 19th-century underlined which could have … [Read more...] about A Museum Culture of Symphony Orchestras?
I recall clearly seeing the picture of Bing, Bernstein and Balanchine in 1966, and remember well the promise of creative artistic explosion with the realization of the Lincoln Center dream with leaders, as Joseph Horowitz says, “poised to drive their celebrated companies to great heights, buoying by an unprecedented American cultural complex.“ We have to remember … [Read more...] about Artistic Leadership Is About People And Vision, Not Buildings