Bernard Chasan responded:
>> I think seeing the faces of performers can be inspiring to young listeners,
>> who might be moved by the passion they see. It would help many of them
>> connect to classical music for the first time, I suspect.
>I could not disagree more. Most performers in orchestras do not
>look especially passionate. The correlation between passionate and
>expressing passion in art is, I suspect, negligible. In my experience
>artists as a group pretty much look like anybody else. It is
>pretentious and counterproductive to offer up evidence that classical
>music is self referential- see how sensitive the players are!!
>Dance relates music to real movement, real stories. It just might
>be an entry point for some young people.
One of the things I liked best about Michael Tilson Thomas's program on
PBS last spring was the profile of the piccolo player and her solo in
the scherzo of the Tchaikovsky IVth. The show also provided glimpses
of section leaders working with MTT in his home even prior to rehearsals,
so you got an idea of the work that goes into the final performance.
They sometimes do this with spectator sports, especially figure skating,
as well as the olympics.
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