Fairytale of New York

Tough Times

It's not the happiest of times in the rarefied world of big-time music, as these recent announcements can attest. Ticket sales are down, endowments are shrinking, donations are way off. Everyone's hunkering down in their bunkers, ready to wait out the long economic winter...


I hate to say it, but a little cultural Darwinism might be in order in this town. Maybe we don't really need a half-dozen new productions (like this one.) Maybe it's not "unthinkable" to have only one opera house in New York. And, maybe we could think about trading in our passel of middling orchestras for one-or-two world-class ones.

Maybe, in fact, this is the perfect opportunity to rediscover that less is more. That chamber music and organ recitals pack a mighty wallop. That today's diverse new music scene is the nursery of tomorrow's repertoire. And that New York is home to some of the best roots and indie music in the country - if you know where to look. Whatever you choose, you won't have to worry about it going away anytime soon.