Over the past five years, as the New York Times has spiralled into critical confusion, more and more good music has gone uncovered in the city. Print is no longer the first medium for music coverage and the Times’s muddle is shared by most other newspapers. Minority arts and sports have fallen off the agenda. Chamber music? Unless it’s main stage at Carnegie Hall you’ll be lucky to find it in the Times. New music? Likewise.
Our friend Larry Johnson has come up with a remedy. Starting in South Florida and moving up to Boston and Chicago, he has founded Classical Review websites that cover and review the live and recorded music that never gets into print – along with much that does. His websites have begun to make money. Larry has just been been named one of Chicago’s most influential music people.
Today, he announces the launch of a New York Classical Review, which will start publication in September. The holes in the Times will be exposed on a daily basis. Here’s what Larry has to say:
New York Classical Review will cover the largest and most active classical scene in the country with the same candor, independence and smart, lively writing that have featured in our other regional sites in Boston, Chicago and South Florida. As elsewhere, the major local organizations (the Metropolitan Opera, New York Philharmonic, Carnegie Hall) will be covered but we will also actively seek out the offbeat, the unusual, and the lesser known, with an emphasis on contemporary music and rarely heard repertory.
Lawrence A. Johnson