>While it might not be dead, some "statistics" seem to suggest that the
>orchestras are not invigorating the repertoire. As for the attendees
>being older...well, as we live longer, maybe there will be a greater
>potential audience for classical music.
My impression is that audiences are younger (and I'm tempted to say
healthier, though I'm not sure what I mean by that) at concerts of new
music ensembles, and at classical guitar concerts. 1) Anybody have any
statistics to confirm/refute this? 2) Any thoughts on what this means,
I lived in Pittsburgh during a part of Jansons' reign. During this
time the PSO programmed a lot of 20th century and even contemporary work.
Now that I'm in Syracuse, it seems that their symphony performs mostly
warhorses and crossover. I'm going to a concert next week with Eliot
Fisk soloing, but I don't see anything else on this year's program that
Perhaps more of us live in places like Syracuse than like the now-past
time I spoke of in Pittsburgh. Perhaps--to address the meaning
question--programmers have misjudged the appeal of (dare I say it?)
dumbed down programs (I'm 32). If so, this may be a ray of hope for
society--if not for the symphony under its current managements. Maybe
smaller groups, being less expensive, have more freedom, both in terms
of programming and presentation, to try new things?