A classically trained pianist, organist and choral conductor, Kenneth Herman began writing music criticism while teaching Music History at San Diego State University. At the invitation of the late Donald Dierks, distinguished Music Critic of the San Diego Union, he reviewed concerts and recitals for that paper. A few years later, he became the classical music writer and critic for the San Diego Edition of the Los Angeles Times, a post he held until it ceased publication in 1993. Until recently, he covered classical music in San Diego County for sandiego.com. In 2010, he received first place in the San Diego Press Club’s Excellence in Journalism Awards for music criticism. His latest musical endeavors include performing on toy pianos and theater organ.
Ken, the WDH organ has a “sostenuto” stop. What is this? Have you heard such a stop? (Not on Robert Noehren’s organ of classic design!
Great reviews, Ken. I wish that I were back in San Diego to hear the concerts that you’re reviewing! Maybe some day I’ll be able to vacation there. I’m presently living in Tokyo and Bangkok. Take care!
I hope you still play your flute, Eric. You are an excellent musician and a thoughtful person. I recall accompanying you on a number of occasions. I am certain you are a blessing wherever life has called you.
Hi Ken, Thanks for your generous review of my music performed last week by Sacra/Profana. You mentioned in your review that my work was unfamiliar to you, so I wanted to share my website where I think you’ll enjoy a few of my more contemporary choral works. In particular, I suggest Hymn to Aethon, (http://fahadsiadat.com/concert-music/) which is in STARK contrast to the piece you heard previously 🙂
I sing with a new music group in Los Angeles called C3LA: The Contemporary Choral Collective of Los Angeles. Please let me know if you’d like tickets to our next performance (Feb 15/16) and I’ll make sure you are on the door list.