goes on to list the evidence: decreased orchestra budgets, reduces programming, closed classical-music radio stations, media focus on rock and pop superstars.
then sees some bright spots: foreign tours (to China) for American orchestras, new concert venues â€œspringing upâ€, good musicians graduating from American conservatories.
suggests ways to revive interest for classical music among youngsters, including â€œanimated films such as Disneyâ€™s Fantasiaâ€ and renting â€œold movies featuring soundtracks of classical music.â€
I submitted a letter in response, but it was not published nor included in the online â€œoutpouringâ€ (as the NYT
modestly describes its inbox).
Since none of the published letters makes the points I do (while there is much tame repetition in what was published), here is my reaction.
Violinist Les Dreyer is right that classical music (or rather, serious music) in America appears doomed, but there are reasons more serious than he cites.