Monument to a music critic

Monument to a music critic


norman lebrecht

October 12, 2021

The St. Louis Symphony Orchestra has established a foundation named for the late music critic Sarah Bryan Miller who died last year of cancer.

Now who said critics can’t be loved?

Maybe it’s not quite like that. Bryan, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch classical music critic, bequeathed $1+ million to the SLSO.


  • Tiredoftiall says:

    Just a tad cynical, no?

    Perhaps you should re-visit your last will and testament?

  • opus30 says:

    The orchestra is using her donated funds. Who else are they going to name the foundation after?

  • JSC says:

    You mean Sibelius was wrong??!

  • Jan Kaznowski says:

    Could be a bit more charitable given that the poor woman died of cancer.

  • V. Lind says:

    I was a critic for many years. My will leaves something (nowhere near as dramatic) to an artistic institution I consider the appropriate recipient. I do not expect anything in return for it — I may arrange for the donation to be anonymous, though it is not significant enough materially for it to matter.

    But I hope if anyone does learn of it later that it is not met with the sort of nastiness this generosity has been met with.

  • christopher storey says:

    This is a new low for this blog . NL, you should be ashamed of yourself

  • Harold Kupper says:

    I knew Bryan when she was writing and singing in Chicago. She was a gracious, warm, generous and caring person who contributed much to the arts community. In making this gift to the orchestra she has continued to serve the arts even after her death. Brava, dear Bryan.