Additional notes from last music review

Published 9:30am Friday, April 12, 2013

To the editor:

The addendum I had included with my review of pianist Orion Weiss did not appear. Here it is again:

Yesterday’s review was my last. It’s been an enjoyable effort for 18 years. There have been misconceptions about my role, so I’ll take this opportunity to address them.

I’ve never been an employee of the Tryon Daily Bulletin. A previous editor chose to present my reviews in column format to make clear I was writing opinion pieces. I’m grateful to the TDB for providing this helpful distinction and for publishing these criticisms in a timely manner.

Reviews were first proposed as a way to generate interest in Tryon Concert Association’s series while educating listeners in a creative way. As the daughter of a TCA founder, I was already steeped in their mission and happy to oblige. I followed on the heels of the very talented Lesley Oakes, another musician/writer in our midst. I’ve never been compensated by Tryon Concert Association. I’ve purchased my own tickets and made numerous unrestricted donations.

I want to thank my readers for their compliments and for initiating provocative discussion when our paths crossed around town.

And finally, I send a big thank you to my mother Elizabeth, the only living charter member of Tryon Concert Association, for her careful copyediting and for tempering my stridency on occasion.

– Rita Landrum

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