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Classical music critics gather here for meeting


THU 10/22/1987 HOUSTON CHRONICLE, Section Houston, Page 7, 2 STAR Edition

Tonight's world premiere of John Adams' opera "Nixon in China" will play to a very discriminating audience as it opens the 1987 annual meeting of the Music Critics Association.

Seventy-three member critics from the United States and Canada are scheduled to attend a weekend of performances by Houston Grand Opera, Houston Symphony and the Monte Carlo Ballet (presented by Society for the Performing Arts), as well as business meetings and educational seminars.

Members will tour the Wortham Theater Center and attend sessions with the production team of "Nixon in China" and with the acousticians and architects of the Wortham Theater Center.

The MCA is a professional organization that advances the position and education of classical music critics in the United States and Canada.

The world premiere is also attracting more than three dozen other critics from the United States, Great Britain and Europe. Writers from most major U.S. newspapers and magazines will be joined by colleagues from the Guardian and the Observer of London, Le Monde in Paris and papers in the Netherlands, Belgium, West Germany and Russia.

The MCA meets annually in a major North American city in conjunction with important musical activities. Recent meetings have centered on such events as the premiere of the San Francisco Opera production of Wagner's "Ring" cycle and the annual summer schedule of operas at the Santa Fe Opera.

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