Troubling future for classical music |

Troubling future for classical music

Dear Editor:Over many years, including two when I served as associate dean at the Aspen Music Festival and School (1969-1971), I have enjoyed the superb music at the tent in the meadow.This year has been no exception, but for a gnawing concern I have developed about the long-term future of the festival – stemming from the age of the audience. I have no statistics on my side, just the regular observation that attendees (students and faculty excepted) seem mostly well into their 60s and up. As I am 63, this pot is not calling anything black, but I wonder where, say in 20 years, the audience will come from. This worry is not limited to Aspen but to many other classical music venues across the country. In Aspen’s instance, for the sake of this extraordinary cultural resource, I hope those leading AMFS are working on strategies to attract younger audiences.They may want to look at the high price of admission for starters. And nationally, I hope localities everywhere will support music education at all learning levels.Geoffrey Platt Jr.Richmond Va.

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