You may see less arts coverage in the Democrat and Chronicle. The daily paper’s classical music, jazz and dance reporter and critic, Anna Reguero, is leaving to pursue her doctorate in musicology. (You can hear our conversation about changes she’s seen in Rochester by clicking here.) She will not be replaced. In a city with a widespread affinity for music of all kinds, the decision by Rochester’s daily paper to not hire a new music writer is troubling but not surprising.
Happy New Year! While zillions of people aspire to start fresh, to stop smoking, lose weight, and eat healthier foods, I resolve to eat better quality chocolate and update my blog more regularly. To that end, I offer you two items.
Tonight’s presidential debate will exclude discussion of cultural policy, according to the Los Angeles Times. In Cleveland, a long-time classical music critic was
removed from his beat after criticizing the Cleveland Orchestra’s conductor, Franz Welser-Most. Rochester classical music critic Anna Reguero launched her own website. Writer Alex Ross won a genius grant from the MacArthur Foundation. So did 30 year-old violionist Leila Josefowicz, who’s coming to Rochester on January 29 and 31 to play Beethoven's Violin Concerto with the RPO. (Both Ross and Josefowicz will each receive $500,000 over five years, to spend however they wish.) New York State has a state muffin. RPO clarinetist Robert Dilutis just released a solo CD. RPO concertmaster Juliana Athayde announced her engagement to the RPO’s principal oboist Erik Behr. So nice to see young people getting along!
I finally made it to the Rochester International Jazz Festival last night.
It was cloudy and chilly. A few hundred people milled around Gibbs Street, and most wore jackets or sweatshirts. Smoke from vendors’ booths drifted down past Eastman Theatre, and a line snaked around the corner for David Murray's Black Saint Quartet in Kilbourn Hall. The sight of the crowds made me happy.
A few weeks ago, I got the chance to interview two Rochester music writers on a live call-in radio show, 1370 Connection Arts Friday.
If you click on the link below, you can hear classical and jazz critic Anna Reguero tell the story of how free pizza changed her life. Anna writes for the Rochester, New York daily, the Democrat and Chronicle. You’ll also hear City newspaper’s Frank DeBlase offend our listeners almost right off the bat with the term “blue-hairs.” (He later gets the chance to apologize to an irate caller.) Frank writes for City, Rochester, New York’s alternative newsweekly.
The future of the CD . . . classical, jazz, rock, and rockabilly . . . analyzing music clips . . . I find this all entertaining, and I hope you think it’s interesting, too.