I have written often about the various ways in which classical music has managed to distance itself from the public, including potential new audience members. Focus groups over many years now, when talking to people who go to the theater and to museums, and even opera performances, have found that those same people resist attending symphony concerts because they feel intimidated.
Seems like a couple of points often -- always? -- come up when I talk about changes -- aging, shrinkage -- in the classical music audience. Any stats about aging (and there are plenty, proving the aging of the audience, over many ye... Read Post
Over the years, I've heard prominent people in classical music talk privately about the trouble classical music is in. I've sometimes heard things that go beyond -- even far beyond -- what these people would say in public. But now I... Read Post