Philly Orchestra goes for silly shirt

Philly Orchestra goes for silly shirt


norman lebrecht

April 14, 2021

This is the brochure of the coming Philadelphia Orchestra season.

Programme details to be announced shortly.

Clearly less important than the shirt.


  • MusicBear88 says:

    Is a conductor wearing a tacky shirt really newsworthy?

  • A.L. says:

    The shirt looks like a handmedown from the Netrebkos.

  • Gustavo says:

    …and not for Bertrand de Billy.

  • musician says:

    LOL Norman, good one. Yannick is a medicore clown.

    • gfg says:

      He may be a clown but he can probably spell better than you can.

    • J Barcelo says:

      It seems to be a sport to disparage YNS. Why? He’s young? Gay? I don’t get it. He’s made some terrific recordings with Philly. The new Rach 1 is superb – one of the best. I’ve really been pleased with his Mendelssohn, Schumann, Rachmaninoff, and Schmitt among others. YNS is a fine musician who paid his dues; he’s one of the brightest young conductors we have.
      The shirt is stylish and you’re a mediocre speller, btw.

      • Barry says:

        I’ve pointed out how ridiculously gratuitous some of the slamming of Yannick is on here, both by Norman and various posters. I would think it’s a combination of class warriors and musicians who have axes to grind or are ideologically driven.

        • Tom Phillips says:

          It’s also due to this site’s unending hatred and contempt for virtually ANYONE AND ANYTHING associated with the Met and lately the city of New York in general.

    • Bill says:

      Hopefully you play better than you spell or type!

    • CSOA Insider says:

      I know a Renowned Maestro who, in the presence of his inner circle, routinely makes homophobic jokes with YNS as one of the frequent targets.

      The Renowned Maestro is considered by many a “class act”.

      Beyond the facade and the fashion choices, who is the cheap, mediocre clown?

  • Sir David Geffen-Hall says:

    No. Just No.

  • Michaela K. says:

    Oh my…do we need another mask on a frontcover!!!!…how bright the future seems…

  • Tiredofitall says:

    That man needs a(nother) gay man to dress him. As Callas said in “Masterclass” – “You need a look. Get one.”

    • Orchestra man says:

      He does! His other half is a gay man….. they spend more of tacky expensive labels than the Met orchestra have been paid this last year. Money cannot buy taste or style.

  • Robin Mitchell-Boyask says:

    And it looks like he’s kept the silly blonde dye job. Sometimes I worry he enjoys too much being a celebrity. What’s terrifying for those who love this orchestra is that it has staked its future 100% on him.

  • Robin Mitchell-Boyask says:

    And the penny just dropped that someone in the PO admin has leaked this image to Norman.

  • Greg Bottini says:

    I like that shirt, actually.

    • Marfisa says:

      I agree with you, Greg!

      • Flora Jones says:

        Agreed. He has his own sense of style that isn’t limited to tails, a tux, or a nehru jacket. And naturally, there is a whole world of fashion out there, a lot bigger than the classical music world.

    • John Kelly says:

      I like that conductor too………..a wonderful Parsifal at the Met a bit ago and a really superb Carmelites. Half the people on SD are deaf, I am certain of it. Who cares what they look like……try LISTENING

  • HugoPreuss says:

    Apparently, the shirt is important enough for this site to devote a post to it…

  • CA says:

    Ridiculous. Cheap. Pandering. Embarrassing. (My opinion).

  • Woke says:

    Not as silly as his hair.

  • Monsoon says:

    Not as silly as the Nehru jackets that most conductors wear now. It makes them look like a Sean Connery-era Bond villain.

    It’s also time to ditch the tux with tails. It’s anachronistic, and sends the wrong message to first time concertgoers.

    • John Kelly says:

      Agreed. They can come out looking as ridiculous as “Kennedy” for all I care, as long as they are exciting and have something to say about the music. That’s a rarity nowadays. Eccentric point making is in vogue. These conductors all need to buy a bunch of Charles Munch recordings to see what conducting is all about………….

  • Novagerio says:

    Maazel had “crazy shirts” too in his Cleveland years.
    I think I’ll stick to the music…

  • jt says:

    What’s your deal?