Save a Floating Kahn
But the idea of a barge that for five decades has traveled about America's waterways, parked, and opened up to create temporary venues for musical performances is a pretty radical one. It's no surprise that Yo-Yo Ma wants to find a home for the structure after Kahn's client, Robert Austin Boudreau, retires the boat this year (it first launched in 1976 for the US Bicentennial).
According to Yo-Yo Ma's letter:
He calls on readers to share any suggestions via email. Head on over to the NYRB for more information and to email the Boudreau's any suggestions.
After five decades, Robert Boudreau (who just turned ninety) and his wife, Kathleen, have decided that they cannot keep running the barge. Despite their best efforts, they have not yet found a new guardian for it. Lacking an alternative, in late July, at the conclusion of the Orchestra’s 2017 tour, this remarkable, mobile cultural institution will be broken down to scrap in a Louisiana shipyard.