I’ve written about this before. Our symphony audiences are aging. Orchestras are trying various gimmicks to lasso the younger set. Somehow it doesn’t seem to be working for a good number of orchestras.
Norman Lebrecht has some thoughts on this, and has written about it here.
I like a lot of what he has to say. I do wonder about doing later concerts, and think it might be an interesting thing to try. Trouble is, not only has the audience aged … I have as well! Hmmm. I wonder if I could stay awake for a late night performance! I don’t care much for a one hour concert; the limitations of repertoire bug me. (But I’m easily bugged!) I definitely like the fact that he didn’t suggest we play videos on a big screen and use the music as accompaniment. That was nice of him!