- Jonas Westover
(b Chicago, IL,May 12, 1944; d Miami, FL, May 13, 2004). American music critic. After a brief period at medical school, Roos, a violinist, gave in to his love for music and pursued a career as a critic, beginning with contributions to the local paper of the University of Illinois-Chicago. From there, he traveled to New York City to write for the Saturday Review. He studied music criticism at the University of Southern California with the assistance of a Rockefeller Foundation fellowship. From 1971 until his death in 2004, Roos was the primary music and dance critic for the Miami Herald. Roos began writing at the same time that classical music was beginning to blossom in southern Florida, and although the scene was new, the critic held it to very high standards. Roos regularly flew to Europe to develop his knowledge of music, and his writing was demonstrative of his rigorous study. Of particular importance to Roos was operatic and vocal repertoire, and his contributions to the Florida Grand Opera were key to the group’s success. Another important organization Roos helped promote was Michael Tilson Thomas’s New World Symphony....