Portal tunes in classical music

RALEIGH, N.C. – A one-and-half-year-old nonprofit in the Triangle aims to fill a gap it sees in local media coverage of classical music.

Formed in July 2001 by writers who had been associated with the Independent and Spectator – which recently merged — Classical Voice of North Carolina features articles, reviews and calendars of performances in the region and, increasingly, throughout North Carolina.

The focus is on concerts, opera and dance performances and theater productions.

The site, which has published hundreds of articles and reviews, is modeled on San Francisco Classical Voice, which CVNC organizers believe is the only other online classical journal in the U.S.

The Contemporary Art Museum serves as fiscal agent for the organization, which is seeking 501c(3) status from the Internal Revenue Service and has received more than $18,000, including $2,500 from the A.J. Fletcher Foundation in Raleigh, says John Lambert, one of the founding critics.

The site has averaged roughly 3,800 visitors a month, he says, and totaled more than 8,800 in October.

The other founding critics are Joe and Elizabeth Kahn, and William Thomas Walker.

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