Excerpts and links to a selection of published features


Woody Allen, George Gershwin, the New York Philharmonic and the Blizzard of ’79.

Playbill feature mines memories of recording the film’s soundtrack.


(Portrait_of_Frank_Sinatra_and_Axel_Stordahl,_Liederkrantz_Hall,_New_York,_N.Y.,_ca._1947)_(LOC)_(4843758568)IT WAS A VERY GOOD YEAR 

“The summer of 1943 was a watershed for Frank Sinatra. The 27-year-old singer’s solo career was skyrocketing, on the heels of a four-month run at the Paramount Theatre in Times Square and a newly minted contract with Columbia Records. It was time to explore new avenues, including a gig with the New York Philharmonic.”

A Playbill snapshot for the Sinatra centennial year.


photo/  Jennifer Taylor

photo/ Jennifer Taylor

“When the first meetings of the Silk Road Ensemble were organized, back in 2000, no one knew quite what to expect. Ideas about what the group might be or what music it might perform were a little fuzzy to almost everyone involved. Well, everyone except founder Yo-Yo Ma.”

Read more about the Silk Road Ensemble’s 15th anniversary in this Playbill article. 


spp“It’s just after lunch at P.S. 11 in Brooklyn and the decibel level in the auditorium is reaching the upper limits as refueled third, fourth, and fifth graders gather for a concert by New York Philharmonic Teach­ing Artists. The assembled students, who are all taking part in the Orchestra’s School Partnership Program (SPP), quiet down as members of the brass quintet are intro­duced, only to erupt again in a roar of rec­ognition as one of the musicians asks, “Does anybody know Miss Erin?”

Of course they all do. Violist Erin Wight is their Teaching Artist — the person who spends focused time with them and their classroom teachers throughout the year. “

Read more about how the Philharmonic’s School Partnership Program has influenced music education in public schools over the past two decades in this Playbill article.

IMPACT STATEMENTS: Performing arts centers can energize entire cities, but expectations for them are changing

lincoln center“Sitting on the plaza on a warm summer evening, catching some spray from the fountain and watching as clusters of people meet, greet, and disperse to their respective music, dance, or theater performances, it’s hard to imagine New York City without Lincoln Center. The architecture, the resident companies, the concerts and broadcasts emanating from this place are so woven into the fabric of the city that it’s easy to forget how radical the idea of bringing multiple arts organizations together in a single location once was.”

Arts and Architecture

  • BRIDGING THE GAP:  Four projects illustrate how creative thinking can motive a community, effect change, and spur discussion: Yo-Yo Ma and Chicago Citizen Musicians; OrchKids, building character in Baltimore;  Dakota Music Tour, healing simmering historical conflicts;  A fantastical home for music in Miami, via Frank Gehry
  • KANSAS CITY’S NEW STAR:  Reporting from the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, with slideshow 
  • BIG-SCREEN DREAMS: Opera at the movies, boffo box office, plus popcorn 
  • STATUS UPDATE: Orchestras are embracing social media to build buzz, forge new communities and even sell some tickets
  • THE PRICE IS RIGHT: What to do when first-time ticketbuyers don’t return?
  • INTO THIN AIR: The disappearing audience member
  • HOW BRILLIANT: The sound of new concert halls reflects contemporary life (Winner, ASCAP Deems Taylor Award for Excellence in Music Journalism)
  • LET THERE BE LIGHT: Transparency in performance hall designs and operations mirrors a new, open approach to community engagement
  • STALKING THE CULTURALLY AWARE NON-ATTENDER: How can this elusive creature be lured to performances? (Winner, ASCAP Deems Taylor Award for Excellence in Music Journalism)
  • Image-Disney_Concert_Hall_by_Carol_Highsmith_editFULL SAIL: The back story of  L.A.’s newest architectural icon, Walt Disney Concert Hall

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