A fond farewell

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After writing what I personally agree was a good review of the Pittsburgh Symphony's concert of June 7 ("Honeck, PSO Shine with Shostakovich But Wang Not So Fine with Tchaikovsky," June 8), Post-Gazette music critic Andrew Druckenbrod announced in his valedictory paragraphs that he was leaving his post. I for one was sorry to hear that.

I have usually agreed with his evaluation of concerts in Pittsburgh and, if not, it was a good starting point of discussing the concerts with musical friends.

Having been a member of the viola section of the Edgewood and the Pittsburgh Civic orchestras, I know what an honest review can mean to the musicians and directors.

We will miss seeing the reviewer at his center-left seat in Heinz Hall or in the balcony.

In addition to being a musical reviewer he has been involved in the Pittsburgh community for these 12 years -- from assisting with the nursery at his house of worship to discussing his views at concert intermissions with the concert goers.

In a year which the Minnesota Orchestra, from which he originally came to us, has had to lose a concert season, it is refreshing to have him here among us.

All the best for your upcoming future, Mr. Druckenbrod!

REV. JAMES H. WENTE
Bethel Park


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