Grundy does a great job


Published: Sunday, January 15, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 14, 2006 at 9:31 p.m.
I am writing in defense of Dave Grundy. On Jan. 4, Terese Biani from Waldo vented her feelings about Dave's reviews and the need for more insightful reporting on classical music in Gainesville.
I have known and worked with Dave for many years in the music arena in Gainesville. Dave has bent over backward to be fair and balanced to all organizations, groups and individuals supplying him with information about their event.
It would be impossible for Dave to mention every musical offering. He has always tried to give a good mix of concerts and recitals. Biani must have noticed that Dave's articles include events at the Thomas Center, Phillips Center, new P. K. Yonge Performing Arts Center, University Auditorium, various churches and schools - free events, expensive ticket offerings and good will offerings.
Perhaps Biani would feel better if she knew that the onus is on the performing organization or venue to notify Grundy and The Sun of their event. There are very strict and set rules about deadlines and information sent to The Sun. And, of course, there are space limitations.
I take my hat off to Dave because without his articles many fine events would have gone unnoticed because the organizer simply couldn't afford to take out an ad. Organizations like the Gainesville Chamber Orchestra have been assisted for many years by Dave's articles and support.
I disagree wholeheartedly that "his ability to discern good music is lacking and that it is time for a new insightful voice." I say thanks, Dave, for all you have done for classical music in Gainesville. Keep up the good work.
Shelley Melvin, Gainesville

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