How critics become critics

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Have you ever wondered how someone becomes a classical music critic?

That was one of many musical and journalistic questions answered Thursday morning at the Cliburn’s Press Symposium, a panel of five critics from around North America moderated by Dallas Morning News critic Scott Cantrell.

After three of the writers introduced themselves by explaining that they were musicians who had never intended to be classical music critics, Toronto-based critic William Littler allowed as how he, too, had not meant to take up the poison pen.

“Becoming a classical music critic is something that tends to just happen to you,” he told the surprisingly large crowd of better than 100 gathered in Van Cliburn Recital Hall. “Like shingles.”

— Punch Shaw, Special to the Star-Telegram

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