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Tonight’s presidential debate will exclude discussion of cultural policy, according to the Los Angeles Times. In Cleveland, a long-time classical music critic was
removed from his beat
after criticizing the Cleveland Orchestra’s conductor, Franz Welser-Most. Rochester classical music critic Anna Reguero launched her own website. Writer Alex Ross won a genius grant from the MacArthur Foundation. So did 30 year-old violionist Leila Josefowicz, who’s coming to Rochester on January 29 and 31 to play Beethoven's Violin Concerto with the RPO. (Both Ross and Josefowicz will each receive $500,000 over five years, to spend however they wish.) New York State has a state muffin. RPO clarinetist Robert Dilutis just released a solo CD. RPO concertmaster Juliana Athayde announced her engagement to the RPO’s principal oboist Erik Behr. So nice to see young people getting along!

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Back in the USA

For the past two weeks, I've been visiting family in England.

What are folks there talking about over the dinner table? Here is an unscientific sample summarizing our evening conversations:

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