ORCHESTRAS AND AGING CITIES
March 2, 2010 at 11:32AM
Cleveland is not Berlin, of course, but big old cities around the world do have a lot in common—like major arts institutions, deteriorating finances, diverse neighborhoods, and vacant old industrial infrastructure. In a recent interview with Richard Morrison for the Times of London, the eminent British conductor Simon Rattle, lately principal conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic, had this to say about Berlin:
“A few years ago Berlin was technically bankrupt,” he points out.