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…