Is classical music asking the right questions in its search for a new audience? Should we be debating the way musicians dress, the style of lighting used in concert halls and the rights and wrongs of applause between movements? Or should we be spending more time deliberating over what music will appeal to that elusive new audience? As the name of the game is classical music, my vote goes unequivocally for deliberating over what music to recommend and promote to new listeners.
If you read my earlier post, then you know some of my thoughts on this (which were prompted by, shared with and quoted by Overgrown Path), but I enjoyed reading the other responses immensely. Some of the other musicians had very different ideas than I had, and that’s great. That’s what should happen in a healthy ecosystem. I’ll have some listening to do since they suggested some pieces with which I wasn’t previously familiar.
There’s always more to experience and learn.