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!
Check out this picture of North Korea taken by satellite at night. It says a lot about the country’s insular, repressive regime. This morning I got the chance to interview clarinetist Robert Dilutis of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. He’s traveling as a sub with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra.
Word on the street is that Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra clarinetist Robert DiLutis is in North Korea with the New York Philharmonic. He was tapped to sub for someone who couldn’t go.
On Tuesday, the orchestra will play in Pyongyang, the North Korean capital. This is the first visit by an American cultural group to that country since President Bush lumped it into the “axis of evil.” According to the State Department, President Bush is encouraging the visit.