First Words: A Panel Discussion About Reviewing Premieres



(left to right) Frank J. Oteri, William Littler, David Stock, Barbara Jepson, John Kennedy

2002 Conference of the Music Critics Association of North America (MCANA)

July 25, 2002
Hotel Santa Fe, Santa Fe, NM

Transcribed by Amanda MacBlane

  1. Multiple Perspectives
  2. The Role of the Critic
  3. Change of Mind
  4. Perceptions about “New” Music
  5. The Importance of Multiple Hearings
  6. Covering Music as News
  7. The Need for Professionalism

Panelists:
William Littler – Classical Music Critic, Toronto Star
Barbara Jepson – Classical Music Critic, Wall Street Journal
David Stock – Composer and Conductor Laureate, Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble
John Kennedy – Composer and Artistic Director, Santa Fe New Music

Additional Comments:
Margaret Barela – (Albuquerque, NM); Janet Bedell – Program Annotator, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra; Muriel Brooks – Retired Classical Music Critic; Dimitri Drobatschewsky – Former Classical Music Critic, Arizona Republic ; William Dunning – Music Critic, Santa Fe Reporter and Radio Announcer, KSFR-FM (Santa Fe, NM); Marc Geelhoed – (Bloomington, IN); Paul Hertelendy – Editor, ArtsSF.com and Former Classical Music Critic, San Jose Mercury News ; Johanna B. Keller -Freelance Music Journalist and Former Editor, Chamber Music Magazine ; Nancy Lang – (Washington D.C.); James ReelFreelance Music Journalist and Former Arts Editor, Tucson Weekly (Tucson, AZ); Donald Rosenberg – Classical Music Critic, The Plain Dealer (Cleveland, OH) and President, MCANA; Jim Van Sant – Classical Music Critic, The Absolute Sound (Santa Fe, NM); and Steven Swartz – Publicity Director, Boosey & Hawkes


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