If classical music needs to appeal to a younger generation in order to survive, what are we, the composers, conductors and performers, willing to sacrifice?
Should we only perform the little repertoire that has been embraced by the masses?
- Are we okay with fueling the popular belief that the only two composers worth noting are Mozart and Beethoven?
Should we allow it to be performed at a wider variety of venues?
- Are we okay with having people order beers during the performance?
Should we allow it to share the bill with the rockstars so many worship?
- Are we okay with being opening acts to get the exposure?
It seems that our community needs to unite and discuss if we want to live playing classical music or to live playing music in order to be classical musicians.
With the necessary changes, we can gain the momentum we need to thrive in the years to come.
Should we come together and create a poll in hopes to move in the right direction, what would the concrete sacrifices be?
http://www.artsjournal.com/sandow/ - A blog on the future of classical music with discourse on writing another book about the subject