Hyde Park or Olana for the Philharmonic?


A reader alerted us to this happy news, or almost news, that the New York Philharmonic is checking out Hyde Park for a summer home. “The Manhattan-based orchestra is considering a 339-acre parcel on Route 9 across from the Culinary Institute of America for its summer residence,” writes the Poughkeepsie Journal.

Though the prospect of a fine meal before an evening of chamber music does sound appealing, another site is competing for the Philharmonic’s attention: Olana in Hudson, one of the most beautiful houses with one of the most beautiful views we’ve seen in the Hudson Valley.

But the Hyde Park spot has plenty going for it. “Plans being discussed for the property include a performance pavilion similar to Saratoga Performing Arts Center north of Albany, a 150-room hotel, restaurants, a residential property, and farming fields that would provide food for the restaurants.”

Category: Hudson, Hyde Park, Music, Top Stories

By: lisa | 26 April 2013 01:00 PM | 4 Comments

4 Responses

  1. priscilla says:

    Olana. The traffic on Rt.9 would paralyze Hyde Park.
    The city of Hudson (near Olana) has restaurants and shops and at least one new hotel in the hopper.

  2. Wonder why they aren’t considering the on-again-off-again amphitheater that keeps getting discussed in Saugerties on the Winston Farm property (Woodstock’94 location).

    Directly across the road from the I-87 South entrance ramp (1/4 mi. away from northbound). Already has had enough power and facilities brought into it from when they had Woodstock there. Natural “bowl-shaped” terrain to work with… Seems like an ideal location.

  3. Moira says:

    Wouldn’t a location too close to I-87 bring noise issues? The whine of the interstate isn’t what I would want to hear intruding on the end of Mahler’s 9th.

    Olana (or Clermont) do seem to be better fits than Hyde Park, at least if you look to Tanglewood as a model.

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