Friday, September 26, 2008

Orchestra critic demoted

Updated Tue. 9/30:

Plain Dealer editor Susan Goldberg has demoted the paper's classical music critic, Donald Rosenberg, apparently because she felt he was unfairly critical of Cleveland Orchestra director Franz Welser-Möst. She reassigned him to general arts writing, taking him off the Orchestra beat, which he had for 28 years. The decision comes after years of complaints about Rosenberg from Orchestra supporters.

This is a big story in national media and classical music circles. Here are links to the major articles:
-Thursday's New York Times article: “They’ve taken my career away from me,” Rosenberg says.
-Monday and Tuesday blog posts from Baltimore Sun classical music critic Tim Smith: "Music critics are hired to deliver critical opinions. If those opinions are not popular with some people, tough."
-Wednesday's Plain Dealer profile of Welser-Möst by Rosenberg's replacement, Zack Lewis.
-Wednesday's Cleveland Scene article: "What part of critic don't they understand?"
-Rosenberg's post-orchestra work this week, on his ballet, modern dance and classical music blog.
-PD reader rep Ted Diadun writes very cautiously about Rosenberg getting the boot.
-The Los Angeles Times classical critic says he likes Welser-Möst but thinks the Plain Dealer has damaged itself.
-A Wall Street Journal classical critic asks whether PD publisher Terry Egger should be serving on the Cleveland Orchestra's board.

Check out Cleveland Magazine's coverage of the orchestra and the newspaper: Andy Netzel's article on the orchestra's financial troubles, from June 2007, and my profile of Susan Goldberg, from this March.

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