Q. Let classical music speak for itself.
Why dumb it down?
A. The European classical arts in America flourished after WWII with a flood of immigrant artists, audience and patrons, plus a major foundation willing to stabilize them. And then popular music & sports developed either into spectacular entertainments competing for cultural dominance or kitschy protest parties throwing off the blessings of the bourgeoisie.
As artistic standards for the fine arts continued to rise despite less instruction in public schools, fewer would benefit from them as the arts industry passionately resisted compromising for education-averse music lovers. Only those with the cultural knowledge could access and classical music; and fortunately we had plenty of them.
Today, outside the arts bubble, cultural democracy is leaving classical music further isolated and artistically less diverse (pure), despite the Asian boom. Classical music is hardly connected to, owned by or renewed by the American populace.
Concerts and listening habits have grown wonderfully art-centric over the last 130 years, even while pop music, two great recessions, MTV, the Digital Revolution and the subsequent freefall of the recording market prove exactly why our orchestras and their audiences need to open up, step outside and make sure newcomers can see themselves inside the bubble. Building a new tradition (New Classical) CutTime® explains the sacredness of the concert hall tradition, where the potential spiritual impact is maximized. and personal. Consistent exposure over years can build hunger for concerts.