This article is worth the read. So go there. Read it. I found it very encouraging. I’m not sure if it’s entirely true, but I’ll have to think on it for a while. He begins:
Classical music is going through a hugely turbulent time. In many important ways, the sector is more vigorous and creative than ever: classical music is less associated with a social elite, less confined to one specialist audience, more accessible to all through radio, TV and the internet, and more adventurous in its experiments.
I wonder. Is classical music really associated less with the social elite? Hmmm. Since I don’t know many subscribers to the symphony or opera, I can’t say. I know that most folks I’m close to (who, as far as I know, don’t fall into the “social elite” box) don’t attend symphony or opera. Nor do the folks I’m not quite as close to. Those at my church, for instance. Parents I meet at my son’s high school. Even my oboe students and their families don’t subscribe (and rarely attend), which sometimes puzzles me. Maybe I need to meet a group of subscribers. Figure them out. See what makes them tick and who they are, you know? I wonder (again.) These subscribers like what I like … or love what I love, really … and it seems as if we might have more in common since we both love our music. I wonder (for the third time in one paragraph!).
But I ramble. As usual. You’re probably wondering about that.