a classical music fan “in snowy Maine” (as she says):
I found your blog this morning and wanted
to share a few thoughts.
I am a 39 beginning flute player. I played
tenor sax back in high school so music isn’t completely new to me. Classical
music as an interest is, however. My band instructor wasn’t a great motivator
or teacher of classical music. (Actually he lacked many talents and the band
sadly shrunk because of it.) Our "band" also lacked a string section.
(we were 12 to 20 strong on a good day) I came back to
music as an adult because I missed playing. Now I get to play duets with my
To me I always thought of the audience for
classic music as older stuffy types with money. I know that is a stereotype and
it is based on my past perceptions. Like I said my interest in classical
music is very new. I never really gave it a lot of thought until
recently. I had an epiphany that part of the reason I love period movies
is due to the music.
I also happened to catch a fantastic show
recently on the Ovation channel about the London Philharmonic that sparked more
of my interest. It had a lot of behind the scenes info which was fascinating to
me. It really brought home the struggles of the orchestra as a group. Then
I caught a piece on Ben Zander and was hooked. He
made it even more interesting and I loved his teaching style. I now hope to go
to Boston to see him conduct someday.
I think to a lot of "regular
people" classical music is seen as complicated. I know I see it that way.
There are many different composers with different styles and then there are
interpretations of each piece by the conductors of each performance. Personally
I am thinking about getting the Idiots guide to classical music to help me sort
it all out. It is intimidating to us regular (uneducated in classic music) folk
and I think forgotten that you don’t need to know the name of the music to
enjoy hearing it.
I bet a reality show set in an orchestra
would go a LONG way to educating the public about them and classical music. It
would teach the people how it all works and let them know why it is important
to keep people "in the seats" so to speak. Unfortunately TV is one of
the best ways to reach the masses. Obviously movies also help. How many people
know the name Mozart because of the Amadeus movie?
Call it nursing the audience if you will.
None of use came out of the womb eating steak after all. You have to have a
gateway into the music for the beginners to lure them in towards the hard
stuff. I think in todays
society many people don’t want to start anything they perceive as difficult.
Just some thoughts and
ideas from the peanut gallery. I love the blog and will continue to
check it out. Even though much of it is over my head.
All of us
inside the biz can learn a lot from the new audience we wish we had. So thanks,
Marie. And let me stress something — it’s not just that we want
class=GramE>thembuying tickets. It’s just common courtesy. Let’s speak with
the people who get interested in us. Instead of keeping them
out with forbidding rules. I know that many of us — most of us? — have
learned this lesson, but it can’t be repeated enough.
So in that
spirit, I wrote to Marie, and said: If you can’t understand something in my
blog, please ask! Which of course goes for everyone else, too.I have to remember that not only experts are reading me.