Notes on the Arts


Apologies for the recent blog slump. I’ve been prepping for some out-of-town coverage. This weekend it’s Glyndebourne (pictured), where Vladimir Jurowski is leading a new Richard Jones production of Verdi’s Falstaff. Then I’m off to Venice, where the Philadelphia Museum of Art and Bruce Nauman are filling the U.S. Pavilion at the 53d Biennale. I’ll be blogging and filing stories from both places. Coverage starts Sunday.
In the meantime, some random arts notes.
- Just a few more days for the Cezanne and Beyond show at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. We saw it Saturday, and reports that viewers were parking themselves in front of works for long periods were true. This led to rows two or three viewers deep, which made it hard to see much of the show. The price of success. It’s up through May 31.
- The orchestral world continues its contractions. The Chicago Symphony shrunk the budget, while the music critic there points out the enormous sums conductors still make. Musicians of the Philadelphia Orchestra vote Thursday on a set of give-backs. Can it what you want – I call it stumbling toward a new business model - but clearly major changes in compensation are underway nationally.