Obituary: Sharon McDaniel, classical-music programmer and critic, 70

Posted on: March 4, 2020

“Sharon McDaniel, the guiding light behind the Kravis Center’s classical music programming, died Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020 at her home in West Palm Beach after a brief battle with ovarian cancer. She was 70,” writes Jan Sjostrom in Tuesday’s (3/3) Palm Beach Post (FL). “From September 2010 through [this] December, she served as the Kravis Center’s Regional Arts programming associate. From 2000 to 2008, she was The Palm Beach Post’s classical music and dance critic. [At the Kravis Center] she selected artists and programs [and] led the series’ pre-concert talks…. ‘She lived and breathed classical music. She was a walking encyclopedia in the classical music repertoire,’ said Lee Bell, the center’s senior director of programming.… McDaniel … earned a bachelor’s degree in music from the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati, a master’s degree from Boston University’s College of Fine Arts and a Certificate in Piano from the Paris American Academy in France…. She served as general manager of symphony orchestras in Springfield, Ohio, and Oakland, California. Her reviews appeared in Palm Beach Daily News, The Palm Beach Post, the Democrat and Chronicle in Rochester, New York, Palm Beach ArtsPaper, South Florida Classical Review, American Record Guide, and other publications.”