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Mr. Leslie Dreyer

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Employment History

  • Musician
    Met Opera
  • Violinist
    Met Opera Orchestra
  • Violinist
    Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
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Browsing the Category Orchestra Management
www.polyphonic.org, 16 April 2014 [cached]
About ten days ago, Les Dreyer, a retired violinist with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, had his letter to the editor published in the New York Times. Evidently his writing generated some interest-in fact, enough interest to be featured, along with 12 or so others in "Reader's Reactions. Mr. Dreyer's letter is the focus of this
Jennie Dorris › Writer, Rockstar
jenniedorris.com, 14 Jan 2012 [cached]
On November 16, Les Dreyer, a retired violinist with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, wrote a letter to the New York Times about his fear that classical music is doomed.
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So Dreyer, horrified, ran down his list of reasons classical music is dying: Labor disputes, cancellations of tours, limited classical music on the radio, and an increased focus on rock and pop.
Jennie Dorris › Music
jenniedorris.com, 4 Aug 2011 [cached]
On November 16, Les Dreyer, a retired violinist with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, wrote a letter to the New York Times about his fear that classical music is doomed.
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So Dreyer, horrified, ran down his list of [...]
Polyphonic.org – The Orchestra Musician Forum – New York Times Sunday Dialogue: Is Classical Music Dying?
www.polyphonic.org [cached]
About ten days ago, Les Dreyer, a retired violinist with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, had his letter to the editor published in the New York Times. Evidently his writing generated some interest-in fact, enough interest to be featured, along with 12 or so others in "Reader's Reactions. Mr. Dreyer's letter is the focus of this week's Times, Sunday Dialogue (11.25.12) . The subject-Is Classical Music Dying?
The responses, both agreeing and disagreeing with Mr. Dreyer, follow below, or find them here at the Times website.
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Les Dreyer accurately describes the steady decline of classical music, and his points are well taken. That said, when he calls for parents to pull their children away from the cacophony of rock, he is making a generational error, for it's not today's children who have been missed by classical music, but their parents who grew up on rock and roll.
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As a lifelong player and lover of music, I have to sadly shake my head and say, Mr. Dreyer, you don't get it.
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My generation is shaping the musical world in the same way that Mr. Dreyer's influenced his.
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I disagree with Mr. Dreyer about the value of dragging kids to concert halls.
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As much as I admire Mr. Dreyer's optimism, I think classical music lovers are a dying demographic.
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Performers' costumes remain the same as those mocked in the cartoons of a half century ago that Mr. Dreyer cites.
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Mr. Dreyer's questioner wasn't that far off, however.
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LES DREYER, New York, Nov. 21, 2012
H. J. de Blij
www.deblij.net, 19 Nov 2012 [cached]
Mr. Dreyer goes on to list the evidence: decreased orchestra budgets, reduces programming, closed classical-music radio stations, media focus on rock and pop superstars. He then sees some bright spots: foreign tours (to China) for American orchestras, new concert venues "springing up", good musicians graduating from American conservatories. Finally he suggests ways to revive interest for classical music among youngsters, including "animated films such as Disney's Fantasia" and renting "old movies featuring soundtracks of classical music."
I submitted a letter in response, but it was not published nor included in the online "outpouring" (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.
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