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August 31, 2021


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I am so glad the local politicians wrote this letter. NYCB should be ashamed. In an old slang, they “welched”. I hope this letter does some good.

I hope so, too, MoMo.

I’m still hoping to take the Amtrak to NY for the big opening on 21 September! If not...momma’s gonna be really angry!!! 😠

Pay the orchestra, dammit!

So much damage is being done by NYCB. Maybe it's time for ED Katherine Brown to step down and allow the company to install someone who actually appreciates what the City of New York, the State of New York, and the residents of New York do for NYCB. This is a rich, rich organization that has perfected its cries of "poor" in donor appeals. Then, instead of spending donated money on its premiere quality orchestra, it throws away hundreds of thousands of dollars on crap choreography commissions that embarrass the company with adolescent self-indulgence.

Pay the orchestra, dammit!

The local pols didn't just decide to write this letter - there musta been a lotta phone calls! What would be the modern version of burning up the phone lines?


Glad to hear there's been a little progress. But this shit is almost too stupid and callous to believe. Maybe the long-term plan is to replace the orchestra with a jazz band. Or a DJ. That'd certainly be more woke.

Pay the orchestra, dammit!

As was reported in the media earlier this week, NYCB's brand new board chair is Diana Taylor, a well-respected financial professional and partner-in-life to former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg. While Bloomberg did a lot of great things for NYC, he was not known as being friendly to unions. On the other hand, he seemed to become more solution-oriented in later years. Artists & stagehands should be nervous about Taylor's appointment.

Pay the orchestra, dammit!

I do not at all like Taylor's appointment but it has nothing to do with the problem at hand. I'm just tired of the whole financial oligarchy even as I realize that there's probably not alternative to them as patrons of the arts. They are our version of 19th century Russian nobility.

That said, Bloomberg is, above all, a realist, and he's exquisitely sensitive to public relations. This is a PR disaster. Let's keep it up:


There would be no non-commercial performing arts in NYC without private financial support which overwhelmingly comes from people with millions of dollars to spare. How they obtained those dollarst is another story, but the "financial oligarchy" isn't going anywhere anytime soon (except, hopefully, to Lincoln Center). And it's fairly remarkable that those dollars appear to come with far fewer pursestrings attached than political contributions do. And let's not insult Diana Taylor by implying that she will do everything that Bloomberg would do. Let's wait and see if and how she addresses this issue.

I wasn't insulting Diana Taylor, but let's face it: Would she even have ever been on NYCB's radar for the Board - let alone for the chair - were she not connected to Bloomberg? Four years as superintendent of banks in the run-up to the 2008 recession isn't, like, a ballet board credential. But then, I guess Maria Bartiromo wasn't a great pick, either. Live and learn...

Nor was I implying that the "financial oligarchy" was going anywhere, anytime soon. They'll be with us for longer than the Russian nobility survived 1917.

I think.

"Apres moi, le board." - George Balanchine

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