What Met musicians do when Peter Gelb’s not looking

What Met musicians do when Peter Gelb’s not looking


norman lebrecht

January 16, 2018

They give a free concert – today, at 4pm.


Members of the MET Orchestra will be joined by Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer at The New York Public Library’s Harry Belafonte Branch to perform a “Musical Read-Aloud!” Robert Miller, husband of MET Orchestra violinist Elena Barere (pictured above), has composed an original score to accompany both “Buzzard and Wren Have a Race,” from A Ring of Tricksters by Virginia Hamilton and Icarus Swinebuckle by Michael Garland.

Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer will be on hand to read these stories aloud to children and families.

This children’s read-aloud program has been organized by the MET Orchestra Musicians, who are engaging with communities across the city and advocating on issues that touch the lives of all New Yorkers, including a well-rounded cultural education, funding for arts organizations and artists, access to live music and increased diversity and equity in the arts.

When: Tuesday, January 16, 2018, 4:00 pm


  • Gene says:

    Sounds charming, but the dig at Peter Gelb was gratuitous.

  • Jumbo says:

    It’s called click bait!

  • Old Man in the Midwest says:

    Yes, the implication is that they play for free (which may indeed be the case).

    However, there is something called the Musicians Performance Trust Fund (MPTF) that sponsors free concerts through Union funds and that funding source may have paid for these musicians.

    Good decision not to invite JL to narrate.

  • Leon Levitt says:

    Starts in 30 minutes. Accessible on line???

  • Jack says:

    Is MPTF still in business???? Last time I inquired about it, I was told “the well has run dry.”