“The Rubin Institute, founded in 2011 by Stephen and Cynthia Rubin, was designed to advance the art and science of music criticism,” writes Mark MacNamara in Tuesday’s (10/25) San Francisco Classical Voice. “The 2016 winner of the [$10,000] prize in music criticism is Lucy M. Caplan, 26, unassuming, Harvard undergraduate … principal violist of the Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra … and now far into her dissertation on African-American opera in the early 20th century…. The 2014 winner, Zoe Madonna, went on to free-lance for the Boston Globe … and then recently found a position as an assistant editor at the English edition of VAN Magazine, an online classical music magazine in Berlin.” Caplan was selected from 17 fellows who participated in this year’s institute at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music from October 20 to 24. The institute, held in alternate years, also awards a $1,000 audience prize, which went to John Masko, a graduate student at the San Francisco Conservatory. The fellows reviewed performances by the International Contemporary Ensemble, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, and San Francisco Opera. Their reviews were critiqued by arts journalists Alex Ross, Anne Midgette, Heidi Waleson, John Rockwell, Joshua Kosman, and Tim Page.
Posted October 31, 2016