A STATEMENT about good things at NYC Ballet. 1. When bassist Orin O’Brien became the FIRST woman in the NY Philharmonic 1966-ish, she had previously been one of SEVERAL women members of the NYCB orchestra, including a concertmaster. This trendsetting has continued, even embracing a female music director Andrea Quinn, 2000-2006. 2. For thousands of shows over many decades, the NYCB has performed to music provided by live musicians, utilizing recordings only for electronica and a few other unavoidable situations. 3. The NYCB could hire any dancers in the world, but chooses to develop its own artists, the majority of the stars being women. 4. People of color were always included. (RIP Arthur Mitchell). 5. Unlike most other classical arts in the USA, #NYCB hasn’t relied on European warhorses for lifeblood, but has developed its own American repertoire, except Nutcracker, which Europe ceded to America anyway. 6. It has commissioned more music than most Symphony orchestras, and more dance than anywhere. 7. As an institution, it has LONG outlasted its genius founder George #Balanchine , something that precious few arts organizations even attempt. 8.The NYCB recognizes that we are in the 21st century, and encourages its artists to post and tweet because it understands that notoriety is what sells tickets. It also disseminates its own social media because we recognize that if it didn’t, the classical arts would be otherwise invisible. Have we made mistakes? Of course, who hasn’t? Could we utilize more women #choreographers and #composers ? Of course, who couldn’t? Should mistakes be forgiven? Do I need to answer that? Let’s hope a future (possibly) woman artistic director will take us in exciting new directions. #lincolncenter#orchestrapit#basslocker#newyorkcityballet#nycbo#nycborchestra#nycballet#balletorchestra
My view from the orchestra pit at Harvard’s American Repertory Theater last night. I’m playing tenor banjo here until the 23rd as part of a powerful new theater production. It’s based on the Langston Hughes poem “The Black Clown,” starring Davone Tines. We got a great review in the Boston Globe yesterday. If you’re around come check it out, it’s kind of amazing. #boston#musician#orchestrapit
Got the opportunity to sit in the pit during last night's performance of Wicked. It was incredible gettin to watch and listen to 15 musicians work together to create the wall of sound that brought the show to life!