Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Classical music isn't dead

Yes, I'm stealing from your site, Patty. I thought this article in the New York Times was very well-written and interesting. To add to the author's demographic comment, I've heard that another reason why audiences are continuously "blue-haired" is because of the time allowances at that stage of life. That's not to say that retired people are twiddling their thumbs looking for something to do so "hey, why not go to a symphony concert?" People are more active than ever these days. They're also working longer (older), so the age of retired concert-goers may just be rising. OK, I realize I just contradicted myself. Read the article, and let me know what you think.


Pattyoboe said...

Glad you enjoyed the link! I know some folks are pretty upset with the article, but I honestly think there is something there. People with kids simply don't have TIME to go to concerts all that often. Younger folks can't afford it, or aren't into it yet. But those two age groups often change as they get older and eventually arrive in the concert hall.

Maybe I'm Pollyanna-esque though. Who knows?!

Shauna said...

I can definitely say that after seeing Maxim Vengerov play an almost sold out show with the TSO last night, classical music isn't dead. And, (I think given the Shostakovitch program- Violin Concerto #1, and Symphony #10!!) The amout of young(ish) people in the audience almost outnumbered the older. Awesome!!