I became a music critic almost by accident. When I started writing a weekly column at the beginning of the 1988-89 music season, I usually told people I was really a writer impersonating a music critic. The three music reviews in this section may give you some feel for my approach to the craft. The article on women percussionists and the essay on marketing the arts were both written for a short lived monthly, Seven Arts, that covered the Philadelphia arts scene. The newest item, the article on accompanist Laura Ward, offers a glimpse into the intricacies of a critical musical art. The Guide to Philadelphia Early Music Organizations is included for the benefit of early music enthusiasts who live in the Philadelphia area or plan to visit it. Philadelphia has a rich, varied music life. Like most of the city's virtues, it is woefully under publicized.
You can read current examples of my music writing on the Broad Street Review, an online publication edited by Dan Rottenberg, the writer/editor who edited the weekly publication that gave me my start as a music writer.
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