Monday (8/17) on his Baltimore Sun blog Clef Notes, Tim Smith writes, “Don Rosenberg, longtime music critic of the Cleveland Plain Dealer controversially demoted a year ago for his negative views on Cleveland Orchestra music director Franz Welser-Most, received a new sign of solidarity from colleagues. Over the weekend, Rosenberg was elected president of the Music Critics Association of North America (MCANA), which has about 100 members from the United States and Canada. He served two two-year terms in that office, 2001-2005. 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. … Rosenberg’s return to the MCANA presidency provides one more affirmation of our belief in his abilities and integrity, especially in the wake of the scandalous treatment that he received from his employer. A widely respected critic, he made waves over the years for his increasingly negative outlook on the overall quality and long-range value of Welser-Most at the helm of what many consider America’s greatest orchestra.”

Photo credit: Allison Carey/The Plain Dealer

Posted August 18, 2009