Fighting Words

Last week's issue of The New Yorker had a long profile of the Cleveland Orchestra by Charles Michener, the regular music critic for the New York Observer.
The piece isn't online (so far as I can tell, but if you find it, please post a link).

In some respects the story is familiar to Pittsburghers. An extraordinary symphony orchestra, with a sound that's more European than American, struggles to find local support in the waning days of a once-mighty industrial city in the heartland.

The curious thing, though, is that Michener never once mentions the contemporary Pittsburgh Symphony. Not once. And here I was laboring under the illusion that our local players were on the international musical map. Does Pittsburgh have one more reason to be envious of Cleveland?


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