CCR founder to receive award for contributions to the arts

Wed Feb 20, 2013 at 4:32 pm

By Sean Piccoli

Chicago Classical Review founder Lawrence A. Johnson will be honored next month by the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra for his “exceptional commitment and major contributions to music and the arts,” the IPO announced today. Johnson, a Chicago resident and native, will receive the orchestra’s 2013 Ruth D. And Ken M. Davee Excellence in the Arts Award.

Chicago Classical Review is one of four online journals of arts culture and criticism that Johnson has launched since 2008. He previously covered classical music as a Chicago-based freelance writer, and then as a staff critic at successive daily newspapers in southeastern Florida, the Sun-Sentinel and the Miami Herald.

His first web publication, South Florida Classical Review, debuted in 2008 after Johnson joined a mass exit of arts journalists from the shrinking newspaper industry. Johnson then moved back to his hometown, launching Chicago Classical Review in May 2009.

“With the current extreme volatility of the newspaper business and continuing cutbacks in cultural coverage,” Johnson wrote in an introductory post, “I believe the wealth and variety of music events in a major arts center like Chicago require and, indeed, demand more extensive coverage.”

A national counterpart, The Classical Review, came online in March 2010. And a third regional site, Boston Classical Review, began covering that city’s lively arts and music scene in September 2011.

Previous honorees include WFMT 98.7 FM and James Ginsburg, founder of Cedille Records. The Davee Excellence in the Arts Award will be presented at the IPO’s March 23 concert in Frankfort.

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2 Responses to “CCR founder to receive award for contributions to the arts”

  1. Posted Feb 21, 2013 at 4:19 pm by Joan Levin

    Bravo Mr. Johnson. My husband and I have been subscribers to the CSO, the Lyric, and COT, for many years. We are also avid music fans of the Grant Park Orchestra at the Pritzker Pavilion, and try to attend Dame Myra Hess concerts at the Cultural Center when we can. Needless to say, your coverage of the many and varied Chicago cultural events is deeply appreciated. A well-deserved honor!
    Joan Levin

  2. Posted Feb 27, 2013 at 12:26 pm by Lawrence A. Johnson

    Thank you very much.


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