The Rubin Instititute for Music Criticism returns to the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, with some of the top classical critics in the country, from the New York Times, Washington Post, New Yorker, and our own Joshua Kosman, who will be guiding student fellows who are honing their craft. SFCM President David Stull gives an overview of the symposium, which piggy-backs on concerts that are taking place through the weekend.

There’s more information about the events at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music website.

Stull says the Institute began at Oberlin (where he was before coming to the Conservatory here) and takes place every two years. “We bring critics from top institutions in the country: Alex Ross, and John Rockwell, and Tim Page and Heidi Waleson, and Josh Kosman from here in town, and also Anne Midgette from the Washington Post.  They work with a set of young students that come to us from Stanford, from Berkeley, from the Juilliard School, from Oberlin, from Yale and from here at SFCM. And these are young students that are excited about writing music criticism.” The panel of critics will be giving pre-performance talks for the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra tonight, San Francisco Symphony tomorrow, and San Francisco Opera Sunday afternoon. “They have seen a great many things unfold in the world,” Stull says, “And to have an opportunity to hear from them and discuss the discussion of music with them is an exciting thing.”