Obituary: Richard Storm, Sarasota classical music critic, 82

Posted on: October 24, 2019

“Richard Storm, who wrote hundreds of reviews for the Herald-Tribune over two decades [and] served as executive director of Key Chorale … died Sunday at age 82,” writes Jay Handelman in Sunday’s (10/21) Sarasota Herald-Tribune (FL). “For more than 20 years as a classical music critic for the Herald-Tribune, Richard Storm tracked the growth of traditional organizations like Sarasota Orchestra and Sarasota Opera and the development of groups focused on more contemporary classical music, while championing emerging artists who performed in area venues…. Storm … wrote his final review for the Herald-Tribune last December…. He had spent more than a dozen years as the first executive director of Key Chorale, while also singing with the ensemble…. He also did public relations work and published English-language magazines in Cairo and Rome…. After 30 years in Italy and Beirut, he moved to Sarasota in 1989. He became the first executive director of the Seaside Institute and joined the Sarasota County Arts Council (now the Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County) as its director of marketing services in 1993…. During his tenure with Key Chorale, Storm helped to expand community partnerships and outreach.”

Posted October 24, 2019