How can classical music connect with millennials?

Posted on: July 23, 2014

On Tuesday (7/22), radio talk show host Diane Rehm held a discussion on “The Future of Classical Music” on her nationally distributed program on WAMU, the Washington, D.C. radio station. Guests were Alex Ross, classical music critic at The New Yorker magazine; concert pianist Orli Shaham; Fred Bronstein, dean of the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University and former president and CEO of the St. Louis Symphony; and Greg Sandow, music critic, composer, and member of the graduate studies faculty at Juilliard. “Classical music has thrived for centuries. But many say it is now facing its biggest challenges of all time, and risks becoming obsolete. Orchestras across the country face financial trouble, and there’s worry that the younger generations are connecting less and less with Brahms and Debussy. In response, many organizations are venturing into new musical and technological territory to attract loyal audiences—everything from intimate ‘living room’ concerts organized on social media, to collaborations with pop and rock artists. A look at classical music’s place in society, and what’s in store for its future.” To listen, click here.

Posted July 23, 2014