In Friday’s (12/12) New York Times, Michael Cooper reports, “Oscar S. Schafer, who with his wife, Didi, has presented the New York Philharmonic’s free concerts in New York City parks since 2007, was elected chairman of the orchestra’s board on Thursday, and will succeed its current chairman, Gary W. Parr, early next year. Mr. Schafer, the chairman of Rivulet Capital, a private investment firm, will take over the board’s leadership as the orchestra aims to restart its dormant plans to renovate its home, Avery Fisher Hall, while trying to put its finances on a firmer footing. ‘The New York Philharmonic represents the best New York has to offer, both to our community and around the world,’ Mr. Schafer said in a statement.”

Posted December 12, 2014