Topic: Are Newspapers Killing Classical Music??!

Just read an interesting article from San Francisco:

http://www.sfcv.org/main/mainarchives/main_10_17_06.php

James Jeter, D.M.A., NYC Bassoonist
"To love human beings is still the only thing worth living for; without that love, you really do not live." Soren Kierkegaard
"Whatever you do will be insignificant, but it is very important that you do it." Mahatma Gandhi  "Mach' es kurz! Am Juengsten Tag ist's nur ein Furz!" Goethe

Re: Are Newspapers Killing Classical Music??!

This is interesting.  It would also be interesting to see how concert goers are (or are not) influenced by newspaper reviews. 

Out on the Island, it seems that Newsday does a pretty fair job of covering and announcing large and small classical music events.  Do you think that folks in Manhattan look to other papers besides NYT for classical music info?  Maybe its less of a disappearing act and more of a change.  Just another point of view.....what is yours?

Steve Welgoss
Long Island, NY
bassoon@welgoss.com

Re: Are Newspapers Killing Classical Music??!

I don't know about other cities, but New York City's reviews have totally dried up. There used to be a full page of NY "debut" recitals/concerts, etc. every Sunday in the NY Times Arts & Leisure Section, plus 2 or 3 pages of interesting articles on classical topics. Very little of this now and most NY papers have even much less than the Times. Many new, young artists tend to pay for reviews from local papers, which makes one wonder how "authentic" these actually are, if one's paying for one's critique?! Even broadcast radio has dried up - there used to be 3 major classical stations in the city. Also, there used to be a full page of concert announcements in the Times - now very few concerts, other than the major institutions - the Met, ABT, NY Phil, etc. are listed. And this is supposed to be the "capital" of music in America - how are other cities faring, journalistically??  Yo, vey, as the dyslexic rabbi exclaims! Cheers, Jim

James Jeter, D.M.A., NYC Bassoonist
"To love human beings is still the only thing worth living for; without that love, you really do not live." Soren Kierkegaard
"Whatever you do will be insignificant, but it is very important that you do it." Mahatma Gandhi  "Mach' es kurz! Am Juengsten Tag ist's nur ein Furz!" Goethe

Re: Are Newspapers Killing Classical Music??!

.....and yet in spite of that, classical music performances seem to contintue.  It's always a pleasure to hear your enlightened views.

Steve Welgoss
Long Island, NY
bassoon@welgoss.com