Mark Vanhoenacker provides some overheated analysis in his Slate piece, “Requiem: Classical music in America is dead.”
When it comes to classical music and American culture, the fat lady hasn’t just sung. Brünhilde has packed her bags and moved to Boca Raton…
Live classical music is less commercially viable than ever. Attendance per concert has fallen … but even if every seat were filled, the vast majority of U.S. symphony orchestras still would face significant performance deficits.
It’s worthy of a read, if only so that you know that in 1937, the median age at L.A. classical shows was 28.