Q. Yeah, OK. But don’t dumb down the concert!
A. The classical music tradition has been defined by its restraint, formality and refinement. The largest call to finally relax that standard and adapt to broader demographics on occasion came from the American Symphony Orchestra League in 1993. The industry’s reaction was to stoke fear against dumbing down any concerts. And yet a working bridge encourages traffic in both directions. All ideas are needed to connect more people to the abstract of classical music. And true connection demands sacrifice, as proof of genuine goodwill.
Those of our musicians who are young or minority already experience music as universal tools for expression. They know how it is possible to serve more than the 22% who enjoy classical somewhat, and the .2% who support concerts. Broader connections call for balancing the polish with humor, key insights, real interaction, shortcuts and upbeat passion. New Classical is the larger classical arts showing up, smartening up and warming up.
As classical music lovers we all need to show our real stories with family and friends at home and work. Imagine you’re the local Leonard Bernstein and start singing a favorite classical phrase. Hand dance to a favorite movement on the radio. Conduct the radio with great exaggeration! Ponder comparisons between music and other activities you love. Bring someone to their first concert, sit in the very last row or stand at the back wall to whisper, move or even conduct in tiny finger motions without distract anyone.
“Musical literacy may be challenging, but music appreciation just takes one good concert.”
– Chris Felcyn, Host, WRCJ-FM
CutTime offers a wide variety of music from Vivaldi to Stravinsky. It points to what is enduring about humanity and where we might all meet, such as at a Classical Revolution event, in music such as Rick Robinson’s Pork ‘n Beans, or even in a hundred year old Mahler symphony. CutTime means making classical click with casual newcomers.