Four Reasons to Be Optimistic About The Future of Classical Music

Joshua Bell was just appointed as the new Music Director of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields.(Photo: Chris Lee)
Joshua Bell was just appointed as the new Music Director of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields.(Photo: Chris Lee)

As you ease back into your week from the long weekend, here are a few stories you may have missed (and it’s all good news!)

New Music Director at Academy of St. Martin in the Fields

First, big news at the Academy of St Martin in the Fields. Violinist Joshua Bell will replace Sir Neville Marriner as music director. Already a frequent guest soloist and conductor, Bell will double his time with the orchestra over the span of his three year contract and will also take over artistic leadership of the ensemble. Marriner has been the music director since the orchestra’s founding in 1958.

New Tactics for Orchestras Falling on Hard Times

Many orchestras (including even such greats as the Philadelphia Orchestra) have been battered recently by the down economy and declining ticket revenues, but New York Times music critic Vivien Schweitzer looks at what some orchestras are doing to make ‘lemonade’ from the sour circumstance of bankruptcy.

Classical Music in a Pop Context

Greg Sandow has an interesting piece on the Roundhouse performing arts space, a London venue incorporating classical music into their traditionally pop-oriented programming. He writes: “Classical music in a pop context — what could be more natural?”

Beautiful Music From a Deadly Virus?

And one of our stories you may have missed over the weekend: composer Alexandra Pajak has used the raw genetic material of the HIV virus as inspiration for a new instrumental work, Sounds of HIV. Recorded by the Sequence Ensemble, proceeds from the sales of the album go to support the Emory Vaccine Center.

What makes you optimistic about the future of classical music? Leave a comment and let us know!

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