It’s been a dramatic week for the arts and humanities across the country, of course, and for all the calls to action, you may somehow have missed the news that LA Phil’s intrepid prez/CEO, Deborah Borda, will soon leave SoCal to return to her post with the NY Philharmonic. This isn’t entirely a surprise, of course, as not too long ago (late 2015), Borda served up a stint as guest faculty at Harvard, and has to have received significant wooing while she was in the area.
But while most staffing announcements of this sort would be fairly run-of-the-mill, this one comes with a mini-quake, at the very least. Borda has been more than an administrator to watch, toiling away behind the artistic superstars. In her years with the LA Phil, she has been a force of her own, not only supporting the decisions and visions of the folks up front, but effecting real change that has, in so many ways, made the current arts climate in Los Angeles what it is today: diverse, vibrant, awe-inspiring.
Summing up Borda’s local accomplishments nicely with a small tweetstorm (and a nice use of that mechanism), KUSC’s Brian Lauritzen creates a sort of miniature history lesson on the influence of this extremely effective, radically visionary woman. Start here:
Just wanted to say something about Deborah Borda that none of the Big Articles have mentioned. This’ll take a few 140s, but not too many.
— Brian Lauritzen 🎙🎶 (@BrianKUSC) March 16, 2017
And a word from the Listers
NY better appreciate what they’ve won, or Deborah, we’ll be coming for you in our first rescue operation…
Press release follows
DEBORAH BORDA TO STEP DOWN AS PRESIDENT AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER OF THE LOS ANGELES PHILHARMONIC
Team led by Board Chairman Jay Rasulo will lead search committee for next President
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The Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, under the vibrant leadership of Music & Artistic Director Gustavo Dudamel, presents an inspiring array of music from all genres – orchestral, chamber and Baroque music, organ and celebrity recitals, new music, jazz, world music and pop – at two of L.A.’s iconic venues, Walt Disney Concert Hall (www.laphil.com) and the Hollywood Bowl (www.hollywoodbowl.com). The LA Phil’s season at Walt Disney Concert Hall extends from September through May, and throughout the summer at the Hollywood Bowl. With the preeminent Los Angeles Philharmonic at the foundation of its offerings, the LA Phil aims to enrich and transform lives through music, with a robust mix of artistic, education and community programs.