To the Editor of my local newspaper:
I was surprised and disappointed to open this week’s issue of the paper and not see any mention of a truly fabulous concert that took place in town on Saturday night.
The A Cappella choir, directed by J. Steeves, put on a superb performance of Broadway hits that included songs from Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables, Fiddler on the Roof, My Fair Lady, Showboat, Carousel, Merry Widow, and Marriage of Figaro, among others. Since it was the first time I’d ever seen the choir perform, I was amazed at the high calibre of the singers.
Steeves, as the conductor, was magnetic. A petite woman, she exuded power as she controlled the entire choir with the slightest movement of her fingers. She obviously does phenomenal work with the choir and is a tremendous asset to this community.
While searching for a review in your paper, my attention was drawn to a tremendous imbalance in the number of news articles pertaining to sports compared to those about cultural and musical events. I then did a count and discovered that you published no less than 21 headlines and/or articles about sports in the past week and only 7 relating to cultural events, 3 of which are advertisements for upcoming events.
I do not believe that there are not so few cultural events happening in our community that there simply isn’t enough to report. Rather, it is necessary for your newspaper to understand that while this town is a marvelously active and sports-oriented town, not everyone is into that. For those of us who are musicians and writers and artists, having more equal news coverage of these events would be greatly beneficial to the cultural health of this community.
If you wish to remain true to the motto printed on your front page, “In the heart of the community with the community at heart,” I strongly urge you to attend such events as this choir’s performances and to give them the coverage they deserve. Music and other cultural events are no less important than sports.