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July 27, 2010

Update on trial of Cleveland music critic v. Cleveland Plain Deal, Cleveland Orchestra

Fresh details have emerged about the trial of the Cleveland Plain Dealer's former classical music critic, Don Rosenberg, who sued his employer and the management of the Cleveland Orchestra for interfering with his work and damaging his reputation.

Last week, the editor, Susan Goldberg, "testified last week that she made the decision to reassign Rosenberg based on her own independent journalistic - not musical - considerations," according to a Cleveland Plain Dealer blog post.

The story goes on to report that Rosenberg, in testimony that lasted for more than five hours Monday, said

"that Goldberg had used several distinct phrases about his reviews on the day she reassigned him. He said they mirrored those used by arts association officials who were critical of his coverage of Music Director Franz Welser-Most. "This was not an independent decision," Rosenberg said. "It was based on what Susan Goldberg heard from [Cleveland Orchestra management]."

This extraordinary trial is in its third week. For more details, check out Michael Scott's blog post.

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About Tim Smith
Born and raised in Washington, D.C., I couldn't help but develop a keen interest in politics, but music, theater and visual art also proved great attractions. Music became my main focus after high school. I thought about being a cocktail pianist, but I hated taking requests, so I studied music history instead, earning a B.A. in that field from Eisenhower College (Seneca Falls, N.Y.) and an M.A. from Occidental College (Los Angeles). I then landed in journalism. After freelancing for the Washington Post and others, I was classical music critic for the Sun-Sentinel in South Florida, where I also contributed to NPR. I've written for the New York Times, BBC Music Magazine and other publications, and I'm a longtime contributor to Opera News. My book, The NPR Curious Listener's Guide to Classical Music (Perigee, 2002), can be found on the most discerning remainder racks.

I joined the Baltimore Sun as classical music critic in 2000 and, in 2009, also became theater critic, giving me the opportunity to annoy a whole new audience. In 2010, my original Clef Notes blog expanded to encompass a theatrical component -- how could I resist calling it Drama Queens? I hope you'll find both sides of this blog coin worth exploring and reacting to; your own comments are always welcome and valued (well, most of them, at least).

Think of this as your open-all-hours, cyber green room, where there's always a performer or performance to discuss, some news to digest, or maybe just a little good gossip to share.
Note: Tim Smith now writes about the fine arts at This blog will be kept in place as an archive for an indefinite period. Please visit the new location to get the latest Mid-Atlantic arts coverage.
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