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James M. Keller


James M. Keller

James M. Keller has been the New York Philharmonic’s Program Annotator, The Leni and Peter May Chair, since 2000 and also serves as the program annotator of the San Francisco Symphony. In the 2008–09 season he was the Philharmonic’s Leonard Bernstein Scholar-in-Residence. His book Chamber Music: A Listener’s Guide was published in 2011 by Oxford University Press (here is an interview) and will be issued in its Chinese edition in 2014 by Shanghai Music Publishing House. His many articles include contributions to Leonard Bernstein at Work: His Final Years, 1984–1990 (Amadeus Press), Leonard Bernstein: American Original (HarperCollins), George Crumb and the Alchemy of Sound (Colorado College Music Press), and the Encyclopedia of New York City (Yale University Press). He was a writer-editor on staff at The New Yorker for ten years, and he was honored with the ASCAP–Deems Taylor Award for his writing in Chamber Music magazine, for which he serves as contributing editor. His recent projects include serving as curator of the exhibition Singing the Golden State, spotlighting historical popular music about California, which ran throughout 2012 at the Society of California Pioneers in San Francisco before embarking on a multiyear tour of that state’s regional museums. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he is the award-winning critic-at-large for The Santa Fe New Mexican, the oldest newspaper west of the Mississippi.