The Well-Tempered Ear

Classical music is healthier than most people – and many classical musicians themselves — think it is. Just look at audiences, CD sales and more.

September 18, 2011

By Jacob Stockinger

You find a lot of doomsday prophecies out there about the future of classical music. Most are based on the state of the art these days.

But then every once in a while comes an antidote with some great news and statistics about how classical music is actually prospering and expanding, contrary to the superficial indicators.

But what about if you look at the record 33 million viewers who watched and heard the YouTube Symphony perform under Michael Tilson Thomas in Sydney?

And there is more, including an unexpected rise in CD sales.

Why, it is enough to give one hope!

Look for yourself:

What kind of future do you think classical music has?

And what kind of present is it having right now?

The Ear wants to hear.

Posted in Classical music

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