Musicology Criticism Symposium
This is Bigger than Football: NFL Anthem Protests, Criticism, and the Culture War in America, 2013-18
JOHN MCCLUSKEY (PhD ‘16), Assistant Professor, Shorter University
Conveying Sounds Through Words: The Music Critic’s Challenge
ANTHONY TOMMASINI, New York Times Chief Classical Music Critic
Anthony Tommasini is the chief classical music critic of the New York Times, an author and a pianist. Born in Brooklyn, he was raised in Long Island, graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Yale University, and later earned a Master of Music degree from Yale School of Music, and a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree from Boston University. His teachers have included the pianists Donald Currier and Leonard Shure.
He has taught music at Emerson College in Boston, and given non-fiction writing workshops at Wesleyan University and Brandeis University. His interest in the work of the composer and critic Virgil Thomson culminated in 1997 with the publication by W. W. Norton and Company of Virgil Thomson: Composer on the Aisle. The biography has been hailed by critics from coast to coast.
As a pianist, he can be heard on two Northeastern Records compact discs of Thomson's music, titled Portraits and Self-Portraits, and Mostly About Love: Songs and Vocal Works. Both were funded through grants from the National Endowment for the Arts.
As a journalist he has also written about theater, dance, jazz, rap, books, and AIDS. He has conducted Times Talks with, among others, Stephen Sondheim, Meryl Streep, Angela Lansbury, and Patti LuPone.