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Opera News Profiles ‘Visionary’ Philharmonic President and CEO Deborah Borda

 

“I will do everything I can to move our art form along the evolutionary path. Will it be revolutionary? I hope so.”

So says President and CEO Deborah Borda in January’s Opera News.

The profile is a vivid snapshot of Borda in action at the helm of the New York Philharmonic, touching on her personal background, her hard-won insights from her successful career in orchestra administration, her bond with Music Director Jaap van Zweden, and defining work traits such as her intense preparation: “I give a lot of thought to what I do,” Borda says. “I always say, the best way to invent the future is to predict it.” 

Read the article here.

(Photo: Dario Acosta)

Philharmonic Musicians Make Beautiful Music with Shanghai Orchestra Academy Students in Teaching Visit

Four Philharmonic musicians — Principal Bass Tim Cobb, violist Vivek Kamath, Associate Principal Bassoon Kim Laskowski, and Associate Principal Trombone Colin Williams — just got back from Shanghai, where they gave master classes, taught lessons, and provided chamber music coaching to students at Shanghai Orchestra Academy (SOA). They also performed with SOA students at two chamber concerts. Read More...

December Playbill Editorial Content Now Available Online

 

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We are delighted to share the feature stories from this month’s Philharmonic issue of Playbill, including a welcome letter from President and CEO Deborah Borda, a profile of Artist-in-Residence Matthias Goerne, an exploration of the theatrical aspects of Handel’s Messiah, a round-up of what some of our musicians do before and after our New Year’s Eve concert, a summary of Philharmonic news and other items of note, and photos of artists, donors, and VIPs at various events.

This Playbill editorial content joins the Program Notes (written by Program Annotator James M. Keller), which are available here.

75 Years Ago Today: Bernstein’s Famed Philharmonic Debut

75 years ago today, Leonard Bernstein made his famed New York Philharmonic debut at Carnegie Hall at age 25 famously filling in with a few hours’ notice and without rehearsal for an ailing Bruno Walter. The concert was broadcast nationally, and The New York Times ran a front-page story the next day, calling his performance “a good American success story.” Have a listen to the radio announcement from that famed afternoon.

Leonard Bernstein
 

In 1989, Bernstein recalled his debut:

“When it came to the time — that very day — all I can remember is standing there in the wings shaking and being so scared. There was no rehearsal. I had just come from seeing Bruno Walter, who very sweetly and very quickly — wrapped up in blankets because he had the flu — went over the score of Don Quixote with me. He showed me a few tricky spots where he cut off here but didn’t cut off there; here you give it an extra upbeat, and so on.... The time seemed to hang heavy till 3:00 p.m., even though I had to go over some of the tricky spots in Don Quixote with the cello and viola soloists and the concertmaster. The thing that was obsessing me, possessing me, was the opening of the Schumann overture, which is very tricky because it starts with a rest — the downbeat is a rest. If they don't come in together, the whole concert is sunk. I mean, I can’t once go ‘bop, bop, bop,’ and make sure they can do it. So, this was like a nightmare. I had to go on and do, untried, this thing of such difficulty. You know, I’ve heard other people come to grief in that opening bar. Then I finally went and talked with the guys and they said, ‘Good luck.’ [Philharmonic manager] Bruno Zirato said, ‘Hey, Lenny. Good luck, baby.’ Oh, he was very fatherly and gave me big bear hugs. And that was about it.”

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Photos: New York Philharmonic Archives

Young People’s Concert Host Fred Child’s Waltzing Spotify Playlist

And now, a word from the host of our upcoming Young People’s Concert, Fred Child of American Public Media’s Performance Today:

“Greetings, musical friends! I’m honored to host the New York Philharmonic Young People’s Concert on November 17, when we’ll dance across the universe with the ever-spinning sound of the waltz. Here are some examples to enjoy between now and then!” — Fred Child

Happy listening to these selections from Saturday’s concert ... plus other waltzing works!

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