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November 13, 2008

Carnage, Surveyed

The past year has been hell on classical music critics, with numerous newspoapers cutting long-time critics and not replacing them. Here, Symphony Magazine's Rebecca Winzenried surveys the losses:

To a person, former staff critics express a very personal sense of loss--not just of their livelihoods, but of the kind of consistent, informed local arts reporting and reviewing that they fear may not be possible with a patchwork assemblage of freelancers and general assignment reporters. Their concern is echoed by arts organizations that, already acutely aware of competition for review space, now see their potential for coverage dwindling even further. The question, everyone agrees, is not whether classical music needs a critical forum, but what shape that forum might take in a world where traditional print outlets are fading and online sites are only beginning to realize their potential.
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