[Zarin Mehta, President and Executive Director of the New York Philharmonic] noted that the Berlin Wall fell 30 years after the Philharmonic, led by Leonard Bernstein, played Moscow in 1959.
“Things don’t happen overnight,” he said.
No, they do not.
And the Berlin Wall was not ERECTED until 1961.
Conclusion: massive nexus failure.
Mehta, of course, is the same moron that appointed Alan Gilbert to the post of Music Director of the New York Philharmonic.
Under Gilbert, the NYPO has experienced a significant decline in ticket sales and has suffered its largest-ever single-season deficit, both of which might have been foretold the day Gilbert’s disastrous appointment was announced.
Simply put, serious music-lovers are not going to pay to hear Alan Gilbert.
At least anyone who knows anyone can now get free tickets to all Gilbert-led NYPO concerts: the orchestra has been reduced to papering Avery Fisher Hall for Gilbert concerts.
Indeed, for the bulk of Gilbert’s NYPO concerts, more complimentary tickets have been distributed than tickets sold to paying customers.
Yet despite heavy papering, the hall is seldom even half-full for Gilbert concerts.
I wonder whether Mehta has identified the cause of the NYPO’s attendance woes for Gilbert concerts.
Everyone else already knows the answer—after all, NYPO attendance remains robust for concerts featuring guest conductors of quality—but Mehta very well may be preparing to advance some crackpot cause-and-effect theory akin to his absurd if not idiotic pronouncement about the NYPO and the fall of the Berlin Wall.