The Stephen and Cynthia Rubin Institute for Music Criticism
San Francisco Conservatory of Music
Innovative Program Includes 10 Renowned National Journalists/Writers:
Guest Faculty and Writers Panel:
Anne Midgette, Tim Page, John Rockwell, Alex Ross, Stephen Rubin, Heidi Waleson
Keynote Speaker: Anthony Tommasini
Critic-in-Residence and Audience Prize Chair: Joshua Kosman
Everyone's A Critic Audience Prize Panel:
Robert Commanday, Wynne Delacoma, Steven Winn
San Francisco Symphony, San Francisco Opera,
Cal Performances, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra
University of California, Berkeley, Stanford University,
Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Yale School of Music
$10,000 Rubin Prize in Music Criticism to be Awarded to 1 of 20 Rubin Fellows
for Showing Outstanding Promise in Music Criticism Career
$1,000 Everyone's A Critic Public Audience Prize
to be Awarded for Best Review by a Member of Public
San Francisco, CA - San Francisco Conservatory of Music (SFCM) today revealed the names of the journalists participating in the second Stephen and Cynthia Rubin Institutefor Music Criticism, taking place November 5-10, 2014 in its new home on the West Coast. A biennial, week-long event solely devoted to the art of classical music criticism, theRubin Institute brings together distinguished journalists, aspiring young writers and renowned musicians for a keynote address, lectures by critics, public performances, discussion panels, and critical reviews, culminating in the awarding of both the $10,000Rubin Prize in Music Criticism to one of the participating writers for demonstrating outstanding promise in musical criticism, and the $1,000 Everyone's A Critic Public Audience Prize for the best review by an audience member of a concert performed during the Institute.
Joining the 2014 Rubin Institute as members of the Writers Panel will be Anne Midgette,Washington Post critic and author; Tim Page, professor, journalism and music, University of Southern California; John Rockwell, writer and arts critic; Alex Ross, The New Yorkermagazine critic and author; Heidi Waleson, Wall Street Journal critic and author; andRubin Institute benefactor Stephen Rubin, President and Publisher of Henry Holt & Co., whose writing credits include having written features for The New York Times for over a decade. In addition, Anthony Tommasini, The New York Times chief music critic, will give the keynote address and Joshua Kosman, San Francisco Chronicle music critic, will be the Critic-In-Residence and chair the Everyone's a Critic Public Audience Prize judging panel.
Performance and Conservatory/University Partners:
The Rubin Institute will include four public concerts offered through 9 in the San Francisco area presented by the 2014 Performance Partners: the San Francisco Symphony, San Francisco Opera, Cal Performances and Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra. These performances will be reviewed by a select group of 20 young writers, allRubin Institute Fellows, pursuing degrees at the University of California, Berkeley, Stanford University, the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, the Yale School of Music andSFCM. Their work will be critiqued in private workshops and public sessions by the Writers Panel. (Names of participating Rubin Institute Fellows will be announced in early fall. Full event details may be found in the attached schedule of public events.)
(Note: journalists participating in The Rubin Institute are not reviewing the concerts in TheRubin Institute for their respective publications, with the exceptions of local journalists Joshua Kosman and Steven Winn.)
Rubin Prize in Music Criticism:
The $10,000 Prize is awarded to one of the Rubin Institute Fellows to support the Fellow's further study or internships in the field of music criticism. Awarded by the Writers Panel, the award is disbursed over a two-year period.
Everyone's A Critic Public Audience Prize:
Audience members attending the Performance Partners' concerts are invited to submit criticism and compete for the $1,000 Everyone's A Critic Public Audience Prize, awarded for the best review by an audience member of one of the concerts. The Audience Prizejudging panel for the 2014 Institute comprises panel chair Joshua Kosman; Steven Winn, freelance writer and critic; Wynne Delacoma, freelance arts writer, lecturer and music critic; and Robert Commanday, founding editor of San Francisco Classical Voice, lecturer and music critic.
In making the announcement, San Francisco Conservatory of Music President David H. Stull thanked Mr. Rubin for his support, stating, "We are tremendously excited to host theStephen and Cynthia Rubin Institute for Music Criticism at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. This program dramatically enhances the discourse and awareness of classical music and will provide an extraordinary opportunity to aspiring music critics to engage with the great musical artists and writers of our time. I am deeply grateful to Stephen Rubinfor his vision and continued support of this program."
Stephen Rubin stated, "There are no better music critics in America than the powerhouse group we have at the Institute, and I am pleased all of our faculty are returning for a second time. I am deeply grateful to them, and to David Stull, the dynamo head of the Conservatory, who took an unformed idea and gave it substance and value."
Birgit Hottenrott, Executive Director of the Rubin Institute, commented on the unique opportunities presented to Bay Area audiences, "The Rubin Institute will bring to Bay Area audiences a rare chance both to learn about and to participate in the craft of classical music journalism by submitting their personal concert reviews. Throughout the week we look forward to lively public discussions and debate by our audience critics, the professional critics and the Rubin Institute Fellows."
Rubin Institute Fellows will attend and write pieces on each of the four consecutive public concerts. Their written work will be critiqued both privately and publicly by the members of the Writers Panel. Members of the public will enjoy access to the Writers Panel throughlectures and panels detailed in the attached schedule.
Select Institute Fellows' and Everyone's A Critic reviews will be posted on The RubinInstitute website at: www.sfcm.edu/rubin-institute.
2014 Rubin Institute Public Events Schedule Overview
(Full-details Schedule of Public Events is attached.)
Keynote Address - Anthony Tommasini, The New York Times
Caroline H. Hume Concert Hall, SFCM
Public Panel, Caroline H. Hume Concert Hall, SFCM
Lecture - Alex Ross, The New Yorker, Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco
San Francisco Symphony, Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco
Lecture - Heidi Waleson, The Wall Street Journal
Calvary Presbyterian Church, San Francisco
Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Calvary Presbyterian Church, San Francisco
Public Panel, Caroline H. Hume Concert Hall, SFCM
Lecture - Anne Midgette, The Washington Post
War Memorial Opera House, San Francisco
San Francisco Opera, War Memorial Opera House, San Francisco
Public Panel, Hertz Hall, University of Cal. Berkeley
Lecture - John Rockwell, Zellerbach Hall, University of Cal. Berkeley
Cal Performances presents Czech Philharmonic and Prague
Philharmonic Choir, Zellerbach Hall, University of Cal. Berkeley
Caroline H. Hume Concert Hall, SFCM
About The Rubin Institute for Music Criticism:
The first program of its kind focusing on music and music criticism, the Rubin Institutebrings together before the public national music journalists, renowned musicians, and aspiring young writers, combining the wisdom and insight of today's highly esteemed critics, the artistry and daring of acclaimed musicians, and the energy and promise of tomorrow's music journalists. The biennial institute comprises a week-long series of public events including a keynote address, performances, lectures by critics, critical reviews, and discussion panels.
Featuring public concerts by acclaimed musicians from the opera, chamber, and orchestral stages, the performances are reviewed by a select group of student writers (Rubin InstituteFellows). Their work is critiqued in private workshops and public sessions by a panel of highly esteemed national music critics and journalists. Leading up to the Institute, the twenty student writers will work with a preparatory team at each of their nominating universities.
The Rubin Institute for Music Criticism, the Rubin Prize in Music Criticism and theEveryone's A Critic Public Audience Prize are made possible by the generosity of StephenRubin, President and Publisher of Henry Holt & Co.
Founded in 2011 by Stephen Rubin, President and Publisher, Henry Holt & Co., the inaugural edition of The Rubin Institute was held at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in 2012 and featured performances by The Cleveland Orchestra, pianist Jeremy Denk, Apollo's Fire, and the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE).
A detailed schedule of public events, including biographies of the panel members and others involved in The Rubin Institute, and details about the Everyone's A Critic prize, are attached. A copy of this release is also available. All of these details, as well as biographies of the Performance Partners are available on the Institute's website. www.sfcm.edu/rubin-institute
About The San Francisco Conservatory of Music:
Founded in 1917, the San Francisco Conservatory of Music is the oldest conservatory in the American West and has earned an international reputation for producing musicians of the highest caliber. Notable alumni include Yehudi Menuhin, Isaac Stern, Jeffrey Kahane, Aaron Jay Kernis and Robin Sutherland, among others. The Conservatory offers its approximately 400 collegiate students fully accredited bachelor's and master's degree programs in composition and instrumental and vocal performance. Its Pre-College Division provides exceptionally high standards of musical excellence and personal attention to more than 580 younger students. The Conservatory's faculty and students give nearly 500 public performances each year, most of which are offered to the public at no charge. Its community outreach programs serve over 1,600 school children and over 11,000 members of the wider community who are otherwise unable to hear live performances. The Conservatory's Civic Center facility is an architectural and acoustical masterwork, and the Caroline H. Hume Concert Hall was lauded by The New York Times as the "most enticing classical-music setting" in the San Francisco Bay Area. For more information, visit www.sfcm.edu.
Download the media release in PDF format.
Download the Rubin Institute 2014 Public Events Schedule here.
Download information about the Everyone's a Critic prize here.
Learn more about the 2014 journalists, critics, and experts in the field here.
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