For 10 days, yours truly and 22 other music writers from publications all around the U.S. gathered in New York City as Participant Fellows in the National Endowment for the Arts — Arts Journalism Institute in Classical Music and Opera. This intensive period of daily (and nightly) performance viewing and discussion was an incredible re-vitalizer for one’s musical soul. And, the delight of being in the company of one’s colleagues goes without saying. In coming blog posts here, I will be talking about some of the events we attended and I will be offering up my reviews of some of the concerts and operas. Look next for my review of the Metropolitan Opera’s new production of Boris Godunov.
Our goodbyes were being said on the steps of Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, our home for the 10 days. [In the top photo, institute co-director Andras Szanto is in the right foreground and music book author Joseph Horowitz (Classical Music in America), can be seen in sunglasses at the left edge and in the bottom photo.] Obviously, I can’t say enough good things about the honor of being included in this auspicious group. But the most important factor is the willingness of the NEA to be proactive in encouraging good arts journalism in the U.S.