In the New York Times, Michael Cooper writes about the change of leadership at the LA Phil, noting that two superb candidates are already on the premises: Gail Samuel and Chad Smith. The board may be tempted to bring in a glamorous-seeming outside presence, but the chances are very good that no newcomer will be able to do nearly as well as those who have been embedded with this singular institution for so many years. Its ascent has not been the work of Deborah Borda alone. The LA Phil has attracted many superlatives lately. I will call it the least broken orchestra in the world — and you know what they say about things that aren’t broken….  Excerpts from Judd Greenstein’s opera A Marvelous Order, dramatizing the conflict between Robert Moses and Jane Jacobs over the urban landscape, can be heard at the River to River festival, June 15-19…. The Make Music NY festival lost a promised grant and has found itself $10000 short. They have launched an Indiegogo campaign so the 2017 edition can go ahead on June 21. Make Music is one of the best things that have happened to New York musical life in the past decade; consider helping them a little…. The first two issues of Sounds Like Now, a UK new-music magazine edited by Tim Rutherford-Johnson, are now on the virtual stands…. The Plush Festival, organized by Adrian Brendel in the eponymous Dorset village, is being co-curated this year by none other than Harrison Birtwistle. The first of three summer installments unfolds this weekend, with Mark Padmore singing Birtwistle’s Songs from the Same Earth alongside Schubert Lieder…. In the July issue of Opera, John Allison has a most tantalizing review of Tero Saarinen’s choreographed production of Sibelius’s Kullervo, which played at the Finnish National Opera in May. He suggests that it could travel to Lincoln Center or the Edinburgh Festival — a promising idea.

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