Welcome. As many of you already know, I have been laid off by the Miami Herald through an “involuntary buyout” — an Orwellian phrase — in an effort to cut expenses. The position of classical music critic has been eliminated, and my final day will be July 3.
I’ll have more to say about these events and the implications for the local music scene in future posts. But at this moment, I want to express my gratitude to the many individuals and arts and music organizations that have called or emailed the Herald’s top editors on my behalf. In particular, Patrick Quigley, artistic director of Seraphic Fire, Howard Herring, president and CEO of the New World Symphony, and Dean Shelly Berg and colleagues of the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami have gone above and beyond the call of duty. Deeply felt thanks to you all.
The “massive” and heartening response by so many makes me even more determined to find a way to ensure that intelligent, honest, in-depth, and comprehensive coverage of our vital, evolving and often chaotic music scene continues in some form. This temporary blog is a first step. Stay tuned.
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