Music Critics Assn. elects Don Rosenberg president a year after controversial demotion by newspaper
For the record, I succeeded him as president in 2005; my second term ended on Saturday, when the ballots from the 2009 election were announced at the association’s annual meeting in New York City. The other candidate for president this year was the distinguished and engaging Canadian critic, Jean-Jacques Van Vlasselaer. Although the MCANA bylaws limit a president to two consecutive terms, there is no restriction on a member running for election after being out of office.
Rosenberg’s return to the MCANA presidency provides one more affirmation of our belief in ...
There was considerable opposition within Cleveland Orchestra management to Rosenberg, who was restricted by the Plain Dealer from covering that orchestra and demoted to a more general arts writer position, an extraordinary step for an independent newspaper to take. Rosenberg subsequently sued. That case has not yet reached court, but several depositions, including that of Welser-Most, have been taken.
The idea that anyone would attempt to limit freedom of thought and expression by a professional, fully qualified music critic remains deeply troubling.