NY Philharmonic to resume subscription performance Sept, 17
The New York Philharmonic will resume subscription performances in September following a historic 18-month gap caused by the coronavirus pandemic, presenting a shortened schedule of 78 concerts in a season shifted from Lincoln Center’s David Geffen Hall while the orchestra’s home is remodeled.
Book excerpt: How Los Angeles in 1974 ruled the pop culture universe
Los Angeles in 1974 exerted more influence over popular culture than any other city in America. The "New Wave" that revitalized Hollywood, the smooth Southern California sound that ruled the album charts and radio airwaves, the torrent of groundbreaking comedies that brought new sophistication and provocation to television's prime time – all these emerged from Los Angeles. It was an "extraordinarily creative period," remembered Michael Ovitz, a Los Angeles native who became the entertainment industry's most powerful agent during the 1980s. For Los Angeles, those twelve glittering months represented magic hour. From "Rock Me on the Water: 1974, the Year Los Angeles Transformed Movies, Music, Television, and Politics" by Ronald Brownstein.cbsnews.com
New York Philharmonic cancels entire 2020-21 season
NEW YORK – The New York Philharmonic will miss an entire season for the first time in its 178-year history and is seeking to expedite the renovation of David Geffen Hall that had been set to impact performances through February 2024. Orchestra musicians are receiving 75% of base pay, which comes to a weekly total of about $2,200, and some pay over scale has been restored. Borda said she hopes the full orchestra can resume performances next summer with performances in New York City parks and its residency in Vail, Colorado. The Metropolitan Opera, which initially hoped to reopen on Dec. 31, called off its entire 2020-21 season on Sept. 23. Tickets for the current Philharmonic season will be credited for 2021-22, or buyers may ask for refunds or donate the value.
Bezos buys Warner Estate in Beverly Hills for a record $165 million
Amazon Chief Executive Jeff Bezos, the world's wealthiest person, has purchased a Beverly Hills mansion known as the Warner Estate from media mogul David Geffen for $165 million, a source familiar with the deal said on Wednesday. Geffen purchased the Warner Estate in 1990 for $47.5 million, a then-record price for a Los Angeles-area home, according to the Journal. It was not immediately clear if the Amazon CEO plans to make the Warner Estate his primary home. The Wall Street Journal said Bezos purchased three New York apartments earlier this year in a deal valued at about $80 million. The Warner Estate, the Journal reported, features expansive terraces, sprawling gardens, several guest houses, a tennis court, and a nine-hole golf course.cnbc.com