I would be remiss if I didn’t highlight Andy Druckenbrod’s departure from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette as classical music critic. Andy plans to finish his MBA and consult in the non-profit sector. You should definitely check out his final P-G column. Though it’s geared toward general classical music lovers there are some nice things in there about the contemporary music scene. Indeed one of the things that Andy did consistently during his tenure as classical music critic was give plenty of press to new music, often in the form of well-researched, engagingly written previews about artists and composers. He even gave a much appreciated shout-out to this humble blog back in the early days when getting a couple hundred unique visitors a month seemed like a huge win. Now PNMNet routinely garners upwards of 2000 unique visitors each month and I have no doubt that being on Andy’s blogroll at the P-G played a significant role in that growth.
So whither classical music criticism in the P-G? Will they hire someone else? Maybe a part-timer? Will this be one of those cost-cutting by attrition things? I guess we’ll all find out soon, but here’s hoping that the Post-Gazette will continue to find a way to cover the City’s flourishing classical/alt-classical music scene—and not just the big established institutions, but the smaller, independent organizations where, more often than not, the real innovation is to be found.