Peter Dobrin lacks confidence in the Philadelphia Orchestra’s faltering one-track strategy:
This orchestra needs to be everywhere, like the Cleveland Orchestra with its residencies at Indiana University, in Vienna and South Florida. Philadelphia’s residencies in China, given that country’s periodic spasms of hostility toward Western culture, don’t seem like a sure bet. The orchestra needs to examine turning the Mann into an urban answer to the Tanglewood Institute, where students in summer can learn from the masters. Miami’s New World Symphony, with its outdoor music park, offers a lesson in equal access.
And it needs to get serious about leading arts education in local schools.
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