You may not want to hold Alan Gilbert to this

You may not want to hold Alan Gilbert to this


norman lebrecht

June 30, 2011

The music director of the New York Philharmonic has written to the orchestra’s publicity department, also known as the New York Times, vowing to restore the free summer concerts in Central Park.

“I am making a personal promise that these beloved free concerts will return next summer and continue for many years to come,” he wrote in an e-mail to the Times on Wednesday.

Er, hello? Mr Gilbert is music director of the orchestra. He does not control the budgets. He does not know who the next president of the orchestra is going to be (or, if he does, he isn’t telling) and he has no authority to bind the incoming executive to an irrevocable pledge.

If the concerts don’t happen next summer and ever after, what then? Will Mr Gilbert resign? Let’s see…


  • CA says:

    Perhaps he will be forthcoming with a written pledge — or a pile of cash. Let’s wait and see…..nothing is impossible! These concerts should return, pending a donor or group of donors materializes as in the past. It’s just not NY summertime without them!

  • MusikAnT says:

    I’d opt for the Brooklyn Philharmonic over the NYPO for these summer concerts. Gilbert has to be one of the most boring and clueless conductors around today. I guess he’d be great to have around if you’re suffering from insomnia.

  • NY phil. pushed to be kind of comercial thing…doesn’t metter artistic things..they are going to world tour without harizmatic conducter (AG) like last october in Europe and loose the audience everywhere…dissapointing things after Bernstein, Maazel, Mehta….the man is just not high class musician and of course no authority and power at all…poor….