Music News - Criticism: July 2008 Archives
I was going to write something snarky about Tim Page, but I won't. The Spoleto overview critic for The Charleston (S.C.) Post and Courier was in the audience during a Spoleto recital by avant-garde percussionist Gerry Hemingway. The concert started a little after 6 o'clock. Page was out of there by 6:17 p.m. Perhaps he had another appointment. I don't know. But his early departure has precedent. He admitted to leaving the American premiere of Monkey: Journey to the West, Spoleto's buzz-worthy production costing $1.3 million, after 40 minutes, before the story turns to a search for redemption and enlightenment. Though I do think a critic should give due diligence before leveling an opinion, perhaps Page is right. Why stay if you don't like something? Why give your attention and time to a performer who is not reciprocating in kind, when a performer is self-indulgent, entitled, or even oblivious to the presence of an audience?