I was originally glad to see Fred Munroe’s Viewpoint (July 10) voice support for former San Luis Obispo Symphony Maestro Michael Nowak. It shows Michael has supporters. But while Fred thought to rebut my commentary (June 27), he actually did more to support my position than refute it.
It shows provincial thinking is alive and well in San Luis Obispo.
Munroe touted his musical expertise as a lover of “folk” music. He went on to give his idea of contemporary music by stating that the symphony commissioned a “new” work from Jose Maria Gallardo del Rey. He asked, “Is that ‘new’ enough?”
So, I listened to the work. First, Gallardo can play. He’s a fine guitarist. But the work is a total borefest. If I were watching repeats of “The Love Boat,” this is the kind of background music I would expect to hear. It’s a joke and a waste of a commission.
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That said, I still salute the orchestra for commissioning the work; it’s pleasant enough. But for anyone with half a brain to equate this with new music shows he is ignorant of what has happened to music since, well, forever.
I stand by every assertion in my article and thank self-described “folk music” lover and former symphony supporter Fred Munroe for vindicating my position.
By the way, Fred, the “cajon” is a wooden drum of Cuban origin. The original ones were made from drawers. The poor played them, much like street musicians play plastic 5-gallon “drums” in New York and other cities.
It is sad the symphony board and long-running maestro parted company, but life does go on. Sometime in the future, we will get another maestro who will become an audience favorite. Maybe our new maestro will be a woman. Oh, how shocking!