Barksdale should be proud; Response to "From the Top"; Correction 


Barksdale should be proud
Barksdale Theatre should be feeling doubly proud following Randy Strawderman's interview in Style Weekly cover story, Sept. 12

Barksdale's artistic director is not only the most talented theater director in Richmond, but we also now know he is among the most courageous citizens in our city.

Bravo to Randy, bravo to Barksdale for giving him a place to showcase great theater and to all of us in Richmond, who are so much richer because of Randy's and Barksdale's presence.

Philip Crosby

Response to "From the Top"
Having just heard the Richmond Symphony under the direction of Mark Russell Smith, I was pleased to see the cover story on him cover story, Sept. 26

In the article, he comes across as every bit the unpretentious, energetic hard worker he seems onstage. I've seen him conduct several times, and he is always at ease before the audience. His manner, as well, is refreshingly down-to-earth.

Smith is able to engage his audience in the proceedings and erase the boundary between artists and spectators. His genuine passion for what he is presenting is evident throughout a performance. I also hope that he will be able to boost the attendance level of the concerts here in town, and Style's article is a positive step towards that.

Richmond has something to celebrate in its symphony conductor. Classical music is not something to be feared, it is music for the soul to hear.

Buzzy Lawler

Nice profile of Mark Russell Smith. However, referring to the Andrew Mellon Foundation grant awarded the Richmond Symphony as a "feather in the cap" is doing the symphony and public a disservice. The amount is $700,000 over a 3-year period. Some feather!

Richmonders need to learn to toot their horn when the news is good.

Elena Siddall

The word "press" was accidently omitted from a letter to the editor from C.B. Arrington in the Oct. 10 issue of Style Weekly. The last sentence of his letter should have read: "The Double Exposure series should thrive; it will not if conductor Smith and his management do not emphasize it nor if the music press does not underline such merit where it exists."

Style regrets the error.


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