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.
writing generated some interest-in fact, enough interest to be featured, along with 12 or so others in "Reader's Reactions.
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.
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.
As a lifelong player and lover of music, I have to sadly shake my head and say, Mr. Dreyer, you don't get it.
My generation is shaping the musical world in the same way that Mr. Dreyer's
I disagree with Mr. Dreyer
about the value of dragging kids to concert halls.
As much as I admire Mr. Dreyer's
optimism, I think classical music lovers are a dying demographic.
Performers' costumes remain the same as those mocked in the cartoons of a half century ago that Mr. Dreyer
questioner wasn't that far off, however.
LES DREYER, New York, Nov. 21, 2012