The state of music criticism

Music critic G.B. Shaw

Three recent articles on the state of arts journalism in general and music criticism in particular. These are perceptive pieces, one and all, and not quick reads. The first article takes off from my appointment here at Pacific Symphony to consider a broader perspective.

Symphony in the Cities program

The musical agenda for this summer’s Symphony in the Cities concerts has been announced, a nice mixture of light classics and patriotic fare. Carl St.Clair, who, as always, will conduct, has selected two works each by several composers.

Leonard Bernstein is represented with the Overture to “Candide” and the “Mambo” from “West Side Story”; John Williams with the “Superman” March and “The Flying Theme” from “E.T.”; Johann Strauss, Jr., with the “Thunder and Lightning” Polka and “The Blue Danube” Waltz; Bach with “Air on a G String” and the first movement of the Concerto for Two Violins (with the young violinists Danielle and Sarah Liu as soloists); and Sousa with “Hands Across the Sea” and “The Stars and Stripes Forever.”

The program is rounded out with the Hungarian Dance No. 5 by Brahms, the Intermezzo from “Cavalleria Rusticana” by Mascagni, a salute to the Armed Forces and patriotic songs by Key, Ward and Berlin.

The concerts are free and will be held on July 16 in Newport Beach, July 22 in Mission Viejo and July 23 in Irvine. Click here for further details.