“If the enthusiastic national response to the Denver Post’s three-part series on the future of classical music is any indication, the topic is of keen interest to fans and practitioners in the field,” writes Kyle MacMillan in Sunday’s (1/16) Denver Post. “The articles, which ran on consecutive Sundays in December, highlighted critical challenges facing classical music, such as aging audiences and shrinking cultural relevancy, and examined some exciting, innovative ways forward…. The series was promoted by such national organizations as the League of American Orchestras and circulated by several area presenters, including the Colorado Music Festival in Boulder and Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival.” Among those in the classical-music field who wrote or commented on the article were Jeremy Kurtz, principal bass of the San Diego Symphony; Andrew Cyr, artistic director of New York City’s Metroplis Ensemble; pianist Christopher O’Riley; Washington Post music critic Anne Midgette; blogger Jacob Stockinger (“The Well-Tempered Ear”); Ron Spigelman, music director of the Springfield (Missouri) Symphony; Paul Ideker, president and CEO of the Redlands (California) Symphony; and Andrew Yarosh, executive director of the Moab Music Festival (Utah).
Posted January 18, 2011