I can hardly bring myself to write this, because I do not yet accept it, but my dear friend Andrew Patner, one of the wisest, wittiest, most generous, most avid, most altogether vital people in the world of the arts, died this morning in Chicago, at the age of fifty-five. It was a constant joy to have Andrew in my life, and it was an endless, enriching education. He offered advice, he offered criticism, he offered time, he offered knowledge (staggeringly encyclopedic knowledge, on every imaginable subject), and, above all, he offered companionship. I feel lost and lonely without him, as do many others around the world. I'm too heartbroken to say much more, but obituaries in the Chicago Sun-Times and the Chicago Tribune and tributes from WFMT, the Chicago Symphony, Marc Geelhoed, and Amanda Ameer give some idea of the greatness of Andrew's mind and spirit. Deepest condolences to Tom Bachtell, his longtime partner; to his mother, Irene; to his brothers, Seth and Joshua; and to innumerable friends.
All praise to NewMusicBox, which goes from strength to strength: Heather Stebbins's posts from Estonia, Tim Rutherford-Johnson on new music and globalization, Eugene Birman on the Minnesota Orchestra Composer Institute.... LA's Jacaranda goes British-Irish this weekend, with a program of Adès, Barry, and Peter Maxwell Davies (his Vesalii Icones).... Another strong editorial from the Overgrown Path: "Stop trying to serve everybody, instead just serve the music."... The Walden School, a celebrated summer program for young musicians and composers, hosts an event at NYC's Greenwich House tomorrow, with premières by alumni composers and Sky Macklay and Paul Moravec moderating .... Read Gavin Borcherton the Ives Fourth in Seattle.... An interesting new site: 21CM, the DePauw University School of Music's resource for professional and aspiring musicians.... It's Riccardo Muti Day on WFMT. Earlier, Muti spoke to Andrew Patner in advance of a slew of Chicago appearances and of the Chicago Symphony's Carnegie Hall residency, in which the maestro indulges his love of Scriabin.