Your newspaper doesn't cover classical music as much as you'd like -- if they cover it at all?
Undiplomatic as always, Norman Lebrecht tries a different perspective -- that of the newspaper editor:
But seen from the editor's seat one could readily understand why US city newspapers were starting to cut back on classical coverage.
As editor, try explaining to your chief executing why you are holding a full staff job to report on an art that never makes news, an art that plays the same old music, year after year, with the same parade of expressionless faces on the platform. An art whose audience is greying and unattractive to advertisers. An art whose music director is an absentee European and whose few glamour soloists will only agree to talk about their new record or hair makeover.
It's not the newspapers that are to blame but the orchestras that over two decades failed to make enough news of any wider relevance to enable editors, many with the best intentions, to retain their music critics. Symphonic stasis is not the sole reason that music criticism is being extinguished across America, but if anyone is pointing fingers the first cause must surely be the stultifying complacency of American orchestras in recent years.