As I’ve thought more about my last post, and as I’ve absorbed the very interesting comments, something else occurred to me. This is very radical, I admit, but I think it follows from everything I’ve said.
Suppose classical concerts were — as a general rule — more or less like this eighth blackbird event? Then I think there’d be no gap between classical music and the rest of our culture, and no worries about classical music’s future.
Though of course that opens further questions. How large could the audience for a concert like this be? Could it ever be as large as the classical audience is now? Or would a concert like this become the alternative wing of a transformed classical music world, the way alternative rock and dance music are the alternative wing of pop, or art-house films are the alternative wing of movies?
And if this were the case, what would the classical mainstream — now closely linked to the rest of our current culture, and not separated from it — be like?