March 12, 1987
Richard Stoltzman, renowned clarinetist, performed works by Leonard Bernstein, George Gershwin and Steve Reich in Skinner Hall, prior to an engagement at Carnegie Hall. “I’m just playing the music I like. I don’t care if it sells,” Stoltzman told The Miscellany News after the concert. As to accusations that his music had been moving away from the classical genre and towards a more mainstream style, Stoltzman said, “The main thing I care about is if people appreciate it. I don’t see any need to talk about music in terms of categories. Bach, for example, wrote music for church, dances, choirs, orchestras and soloists. His music was not considered ‘classical.’"