The Future of Classical Music

Musicians perform classical music at the 'Fifty Shades Of Grey' - The Classical Album Launch Event at Soho House on September 17, 2012 in New York City.  - Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images

Musicians perform classical music at the 'Fifty Shades Of Grey' - The Classical Album Launch Event at Soho House on September 17, 2012 in New York City.

Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images

The Future of Classical Music

A look at the current state of classical music in American culture, the financial health of its institutions, and new efforts to make it more accessible to millenials.

Classical music has thrived for centuries. But many say it is now facing its biggest challenges of all time, and risks becoming obsolete. Orchestras across the country face financial trouble, and there’s worry that the younger generations are connecting less and less with Brahms and Debussy. In response, many organizations are venturing into new musical and technological territory to attract loyal audiences…everything from intimate “living room” concerts organized on social media, to collaborations with pop and rock artists. A look at classical music’s place in society, and what’s in store for its future.

Guests

Alex Ross

music critic, The New Yorker magazine.

Orli Shaham

concert pianist.

Fred Bronstein

dean, the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University; former president and chief executive officer of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra.

Greg Sandow

music critic, composer, and consultant; member of the graduate studies faculty at Juilliard.

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