Adam Crain
Director of Communications
St. Louis Symphony

The music world has lost one of its greatest advocates and fans in Alan Rich. He was one of the great music critics of our time. His reputation was so renowned and his writing so strong that — I must admit — when I first met him I was a bit intimidated. But we got to know each other quite well during my years in LA & I considered him a friend. What remains a most cherished memory are the times I would meet Alan in the Walt Disney Concert Hall Cafe before LA Phil concerts. Alan would inevitably get into an impassioned debate with other LA music critics over some musical matter, and I would sit back and listen to their brilliant repartee. It was the music that mattered most to Alan, always. The music world won’t be the same without him. He will be sorely missed.