A worthy question — did Geraldine Farrar have screaming girl fans only because of her opera success, or because she was also a silent movie star?
But then there are so many other anecdotal reports of a young classical audience, including MIT students who snakedanced through the streets to go to Boston Pops concerts. That was early in the 20th century. By the 1930s, the college crowd at the Pops was more restrained. They’d go to concerts on dates, and demand the Brahms Academic Festival Overture, because it quotes a familiar student song. (Go here for documentation, from a 1940 book by Margaret Grant and Herman S. Hettinger, America’s Symphony Orchestras and How They Are Supported.)