Veteran US critic dies, aged 93

Veteran US critic dies, aged 93


norman lebrecht

September 04, 2015

The San Francisco critic Robert Commanday, music and dance critic for the Chronicle from 1964 to 1993, has passed away. He was always a good read, sometimes severe. After retiring from the Chronicle, he helped found San francisco Classical Voice.

‘If we’re tough, it’s because we care,’ was his parting motto.




  • John Borstlap says:

    Let’s give him a statue.

  • Blair Tindall says:

    He was a wonderful man and a pioneer in Internet classical journalism: He was also stepfather of the U.S. Libyan ambassador assassinated in Benghazi, Chris Stevens, and spoke eloquently on the national media about the tragedy. For a person his age to be at the forefront of classical journalism is impressive to me.

  • Blair Tindall says:

    I meant, of course, online classical journalism.