BREAKING: Brooklyn Philharmonic On the Brink

Counter Critic has learned that vital funds for the survival of Brooklyn Philharmonic have fallen through, leading to significant layoffs and threatening the remainder of the season.

“Much of the senior team has been laid off, and a small skeletal staff is in place to attempt to move the organization forward through this life support phase,” a former Brooklyn Philharmonic employee said in an email this morning.

This news follows the appointment of former New York City Opera Executive Director Jane Gullong as the Philharmonic’s President, whose leadership became effective January 5 of this year.

The local orchestra had also seemed revitalized under the baton of its young director, Michael Christie, who, since his appointment in 2005, had brought a diverse programming angle to the organization, including premieres of new and modern works, and crossover programming that included this year’s Nuevo Latino festival, and, as recently as last Saturday, a sold-out performance of Grizzly Bear and Final Fantasy at the BAM Howard Gilman Opera House.

The remainder of the season would include two “Music Off the Walls” concerts, and two concerts on May 9, “Russian Tales” which is to feature choreography by Jody Oberfelder Dance Projects to Stravinsky’s “A Soldier’s Tale”, and a family matinee of Shostakovich’s “Tale of the Silly Little Mouse” and Prokofiev’s “Peter and the Wolf.”

A phonecall to Craig Pierson, Executive Director of Philharmonic (to whom we were directed after calling the main Philharmonic number and asking to be transferred to the Press department) was not immediately returned.

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1 Comment

  1. All very sad news indeed. It will be quite interesting to check back in with arts funding, and all of the closures going on in recent months, to gauge the state of the arts nation. I’m keeping my fingers crossed for certain.


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