Re: “Start Spreading the News,” an article by Susan Elliott in the Spring 2019 issue of Symphony which reported on diminishing arts coverage by traditional media,


To the Editor:

Susan Elliott’s glibly inaccurate description of the Times’ classical coverage is irritating. But using “trans-sexual” as a pejorative? In 2019? That’s why people think classical music is dying.

Zachary Woolfe

Classical Music Editor

The New York Times


From the Editor:

Zachary Woolfe’s message is a reminder of how, even with the best of intentions, extreme care must be taken to consider how language can offend. We understand that the use of the word trans-sexual in this context offended some, and we apologize. The League staff and board are actively engaged in an organization-wide effort to continually build competency concerning equity, diversity, and inclusion.