Deborah Borda: What has to happen in New York

The incoming chief of the NY Phil has been giving a hint or two of her priorities when she comes to turn around a sinking institution. It’s not the words she uses so much as the relationships she defines.

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  • She believes. In NY, in the philharmonic, in herself, in her conductor…. And that’s the single most important trait to success.

    Will it all happen? It certainly can’t if no one believed.

    One always feel that the NY Phil squanders all its advantages, like a perpetual prodigy who never quite grows into his or her rightful role or place, somehow if the prodigy had the right parents… Borda would be that right mother.

    • Whatever it’s advantages, the Hall it plays in isn’t one of them and it never will be no matter how is spent on it.

      • There’s always the slim chance that with the right architect and acoustical designer its (no apostrophe) next iteration could be a winner.

        • The slimmest of chances I am afraid NYMike. Disney Hall……very good. Paris……apparently very good. Verizon Hall in Philly……….good if not great but a heck of a lot better than Geffen Hall. I think it’s just beyond successful improvement. New Hall needed. Opportunity missed. I know it’s very expensive to say the least but I would rather see that than throwing good money after bad. A good hall could last 100 years plus. Carnegie Hall has……though it Almost didn’t!

        • Maybe the best solution is no hall at all. No permanent hall, that is. There are very good halls in and around New York City. In Manhattan: Hunter College and Washington Irving High School. Greenwich and Wilton High School auditoriums in Connecticut (Greenwich especially). I am sure there are others. Carnegie could probably be freed up on Saturday nights. And why no Sunday Philharmonic performances? Do that many Philharmonic musicians attend church? The Philharmonic, like the Met, has done a very poor job of reaching out to audiences outside Manhattan. Old folks like me don’t find Manhattan worth the hassle, except on very special occasions.

      • George S+ell was right the first time back in ’66 when he first performed there. “Tear it down and start over,” he said. Had they taken his advice back then, they could have saved an enormous amount of money. The latest iteration is still very cold, but at least the NY Philharmonic plays very well now (thanks largely to Kurt Masur, who entirely changed the culture there) and, in the right hands matching the right repertory, can sound like a great orchestra.

    • “squanders all its advantages”

      That’s the understatement of the century!

      Carnegie Hall WAS the Philharmonic’s home.
      Deborah Borda WAS the Philharmonic’s CEO.

      They got Borda back, after 17 years of wandering in the desert. They will never get Carnegie Hall back, unless Borda has some serious connections to Higher Powers.

  • Of course we know that since it is located in New York, the New York Philharmonic must be a sinking ship. Why must this website constantly bash New York?
    Based on two visits to Disney Hall, this listener, who is in awe of Carnegie Hall and Boston’s Symphony Hall, finds Disney Hall to be wildly overrated. If Los Angeles had either of those venerable old halls located within the same close range as Carnegie Hall is from David Geffen Hall the wise cultural leaders of Los Angeles would be tearing their hair out.
    There are advantages to running cultural organizations and building cultural facilities when they are located thousands of miles from the geographic center of the world’s cultural life, which is probably located somewhere in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean.

  • “A sinking Institution”….rather a stupid,stinking comment…From the world class performance of the NYPO three weeks ago in Hamburg,this is nothing but biased rubbish.

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