Nathan Sivin


BSR Contributor Since December 31, 1969

Nathan Sivin is a professor of Chinese culture and of the history of science at Penn. He lives in Chestnut Hill. For more background about him, visit

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Muti: Celebrity conductor adored by undemanding patrons.

Orchestra's biggest problem: Its board

The trouble with the Orchestra: It's the board, not the musicians

Why is the Philadelphia Orchestra stuck in its rut? One spoiler has been obvious over 30 years: a board that cares more about its sovereignty than about what will make the Orchestra the best in its field.
Nathan Sivin

Nathan Sivin

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