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Globe names three critics to cover arts

Three writers with wide-ranging experience and a longstanding familiarity with the local cultural scene have been appointed as critics by the Boston Globe.

Jeremy Eichler, a classical music writer for The New York Times, will be the Globe's new classical music critic.

Eichler, 31, is a Newton native who played viola in local youth orchestras before launching a writing career that combines journalism and academic study.

For the Times, Eichler has covered the full range of New York City's musical life as well as international festivals. His essays, features, and criticism have also appeared in The New Republic, Vanity Fair, Slate, The Nation, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, and Newsday. For the past two years he has taught at the NEA Arts Journalism Institute at Columbia University.

Eichler graduated from Brown University and is currently a Richard Hofstadter fellow at Columbia, working toward a PhD in cultural history. He joins the Globe in early September, succeeding Richard Dyer, who will continue to cover the Boston Symphony Orchestra through its summer season.

Joining the staff on Monday to cover pop music will be Sarah Rodman. She comes from the Boston Herald, where for the last six years she was a staff columnist covering pop music and entertainment. Along with writing reviews, profiles, and critical essays, her work at the Herald included a three-part series on file-sharing and music downloading.

Rodman, 37, has been attending concerts in the area since she was a teenager in Natick. She is a graduate of Ithaca College, where she created an individualized major in arts criticism. She lives in Somerville.

The Globe's new theater critic will be staff writer Louise Kennedy.

Kennedy, 47, wrote her first theater review for the newspaper in 1992. She had come to the Globe as a copy editor in 1988, and the late theater critic Kevin Kelly, having read her book and magazine reviews, asked her to start reviewing plays.

Since then, she has worked as assistant book editor, assistant Living/Arts editor, assistant magazine editor, food editor, home editor, and, since 2001, arts reporter.

Born in Dayton, Ohio, Kennedy came to Boston from New Haven, where she was an assistant managing editor of the New Haven Register and Journal-Courier and, before that, managing editor of the New Haven Advocate. She received a bachelor's degree in French history from Yale University.

Kennedy, who lives in Newton, succeeds Ed Siegel as theater critic on May 22.

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