This post is getting out later than it should but I wanted to take a moment to point out the field has lost yet another first class music critic. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette music critic Andrew Druckenbrod said his official goodbye on 6/23/13 with reflection on his 13 years with the paper and words of advice about unnecessarily conservative programming at the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.
Andrew authored a wonderful contribution for the 2007 Take A Friend To The Orchestra program where he did a wonderful job at pulling the veil of elitism away to show just how easy it is to find ways to make classical music important in your life and then share it with others (but under your terms).
Communicating with Andrew was always a treat; whether it was general shop-talk or something official for the Post-Gazette, his preparedness was matched only by his remarkable ability to be the most up-beat, yet realistic, music critics I’ve had the pleasure to get to know over the years.
Fortunately, Andrew isn’t leaving the field entirely; he’s going back to school to finish an MBA and going into nonprofit consulting (break a leg!). Let’s hope he won’t be too much of a stranger.