Cleveland critic mess

I’ll have a piece in the Wall Street Journal tomorrow — Saturday — about the mess in Cleveland. Most of us know about it, I’d think. Don Rosenberg, for 16 years the very good classical music critic of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, has been demoted, presumably because his reviews of the Cleveland Orchestra weren’t favorable enough.

Not that my piece breaks new ground. The New York Times wrote a story, after Tim Smith, classical critic of the Baltimore Sun, admirably broke the news in his blog. The comments he’s gotten, many from Cleveland, are must reading.

I raise some strong points, though, and I challenge the orchestra to fix what might be a serious hit to the perception of its integrity.

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