Gilbert’s Trip to Cuba Squashed by State Gov

Somehow not surprised

by: Ian

I don’t even know what to say about this one. My understanding of the situation is still somewhat unclear. Apparently, Alan Gilbert, the New York Philharmonic, and “patrons” of the orchestra were scheduled to take a trip to Cuba next month. Notice that little detail at the end?

While the State Department was fine with the newly appointed Maestro and his ensemble making the trip, they were not too excited about 150 wealthy New Yorkers going on a vacation which ordinary U.S. Citizens are not allowed to make.

With the exception of the New York Times (which may or may not have helped propel Gilbert into the driver’s seat in a similar fashion to Sir Simon Rattle’s rise with the Berlin Philharmonic), Gilbert’s opening night performance was met with less than stellar reviews. While the Times praised the rhythmic integrity of his performance, most others called him unenthusiastic and “lacking in charisma”.

As a native New Yorker, I love Alan Gilbert. I found his performance of John Adams’s Dr. Atomic last year to be top-notch, and I am looking forward to more performances. But I cannot help feel that this has somehow done a disservice to his image.

What do you think? Should Gilbert be held responsible for this? Or should the finger-pointing go more in the direction of the orchestra’s president, Zarin Mehta, who last year collected a salary of $850,000, and after other “extras” racked in a grand $2.7 million. My only question is, did they really expect to get away with this?

Source: Bloomberg



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