La Cieca’s cher public — and music lovers around the world — won’t have Bernard Holland to kick around any more.  The veteran classical music reviewer is leaving the New York TImes after 27 years, though to us who read him regularly it has easily seemed twice that.  Holland is one of about 85 NYT newsroom employees who have accepted a buyout offer intended to streamline the paper’s staff.

Remaining full-time classical music reviewers are Anthony Tommasini and Allan Kozinn; the paper also publishes reviews by James R. Oestreich (editor of classical music and dance) and freelancers Steve Smith and Vivien Schweitzer. [via]