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Wednesday, April 10, 2013
I wish to continue the war of words regarding “musical snobbery.”
Any suggestion that Conductor David Wiley has ever done less than he should is erroneous. Alan Weinstein states in his letter (“ ‘Music snob’ just doesn’t ring true,” April 1 Pick of the day) that the number of rehearsals for the symphony has been cut because of additional concerts.
What is the issue?
The Roanoke Symphony Orchestra has not been less than perfect in the Monday evening presentations. The Picnic at the Pops concerts attract many of the same people who support the formal concerts.
We music aficionados find enjoyment in all types of music. My husband was as much at home in a tuxedo at Lincoln Center as he was in jeans on the front row of a Willie Nelson concert.
Yes, Mr. Weinstein, I am quite familiar with the Kandinsky Trio and greatly appreciate the music and ability associated with this group of talented musicians.
Indeed, it is a feather in Roanoke’s cap for Wiley to bring outstanding artists to Roanoke. The “fee” is not the only attraction. Wiley and the symphony enjoy a renowned reputation.
I hope the future will bring more applause and accolades for Wiley. Weinstein is aware that Wiley is the conductor of the Long Island Symphony and makes guest appearances throughout the world. What a great loss if he should leave the Roanoke Valley.
Let’s have support and praise for the variety of music we enjoy.
One does not have to travel to the Lincoln or Kennedy Center for memorable concerts. Roanokers can appreciate and enjoy all forms of music so beautifully performed in our beautiful valley.
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