Second way that the UK might be ahead of the US:
But what really knocked me out was their embrace of the music I call alt-classical. During my visit, I went to a concert curated by Gabriel Prokofiev, maybe the leading alt-classical figure in London, a composer, DJ, and creator of a record label and club night called Nonclassical. The LSO presented an evening he curated, “Nonclassical Directions,” as part of its LSO St. Luke’s series. Music for cello and loudspeakers (played by my friend Peter Gregson), music for electric guitars, music for a percussionist playing found objects. A relaxed crowd, some people sitting at tables, with Prokofiev (the grandson, incredibly, of the famous composer) DJing between pieces.
New Yorkers — just imagine the New York Philharmonic presenting an evening curated by Bang on a Can, or New Amsterdam records (which, a few years ago, presented Gabriel Prokofiev in a Nonclassical night at Le Poisson Rouge). Wouldn’t happen.
Imagine, again, the New York Philharmonic presenting the Bang on a Can marathon. Or this Reich and successors program. Not happening.