Donald Rosenberg is suing The Plain Dealer, claiming he was fired from his beat as classical music critic because he frequently panned the Cleveland Orchestra’s conductor, Franz Welser-Möst.
Rosenberg was reassigned to a general arts and entertainment reporting beat in September 2008 after 16 years as the newspaper’s orchestra critic.
Rosenberg, who is 56, also claims age discrimination.
Daniel Wakin, an arts reporter for The New York Times, lamented the reassignment, writing that it would “send shivers down the opinionated spines of critics everywhere.”
In his lawsuit, Rosenberg claims that the orchestra pressured the paper into reassigning him.
Robert Duvin, attorney for the orchestra, told the Associated Press that if any vendetta existed, it was by Rosenberg against Welser-Möst. Rosenberg’s critiques of the maestro were “not just spiteful, they were wrong,” he said.
The lawsuit seeks more than $50,000 in damages.