Why Classical Music Is Imperiled—sort Of

I could cross the Mississippi to listen to the nearby St. Paul Chamber Orchestra (recently back from its own strike), attend any number of concerts in Minneapolis by visiting musicians, or download favorite recordings. Classical music shares a problem afflicting all entertainment these days: fierce competition for eyes, seats, and dollars. The video-game industry has evolved in recent decades into a multibillion dollar industry far removed from its early Pac-Man days. On Sunday, Americans could choose to spend their evening at a concert, a book reading, a lecture, or watching the much-anticipated final episode of Breaking Bad (let alone Sunday Night Football.) By this light, the take-away is how healthy an historic art form is in the 21st century.
For more information, visit http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2013-10-01/why-classical-music-is-imperiled-sort-of

Arts Voices: Classical music proves surprisingly relatable to modern sensibilities

8, 3 p.m. Jordan Hall. 617-482-6661, http://www.celebrityseries.org CANTATA SINGERS For its holiday program, the chorus returns to Monteverdis 1610 Vespers for the first time since 1992, to be performed with a period instrument ensemble under the direction of David Hoose. Dec. 7, 8 p.m. St. Pauls Church in Cambridge.
For more information, visit http://www.boston.com/ae/music/2013/12/05/classical-music-critic-tips/OVnygDbBuIUvH7ViGSyasN/story.html

Classical Music: Victoria opera companies push the envelope

Suzie Spitfyre

Others may argue that our generation cannot relate to orchestral music. In actuality, these genres of music have similar themes to popular music today, especially in choral music. Lyrics to most modern choral pieces come from poems or Bible verses about love, loss and frustration. Rene Clausens Set Me as a Seal is based on the Bible verse Song of Solomon 8:6-7 portraying the strength of love. Like popular music, modern and even older choral and orchestral pieces are used in popular movies to set the mood for a scene; There Will Be Blood used Estonian composer Arvo Parts Fratres for Cello and Piano. Composers also have the option to specifically become film composers, like Hans Zimmer, the composer for The Dark Knight and The Pirates of the Caribbean film scores. Why, then, is it harder to find performances of modern works or even classical works? Why is it that the popular music of today is actually more popular?
For more information, visit http://thelamron.com/2013/12/05/arts-voices-classical-music-proves-surprisingly-relatable-modern-sensibilities/

Classical music critic’s tips

Main St., Ventura. $35-$59. 667-2900; rubicontheatre.org. The Santaland Diaries: Brian McDonald stars in this cabaret adaptation of the David Sedaris story. The performance is recommended for a mature audience. 10 p.m.
For more information, visit http://www.vcstar.com/news/2013/dec/05/theater-classical-music-and-culture-events/

Theater, classical music and culture events: The Celtic Harp in Thousand Oaks

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The Lauren Donahue Quartet will play traditional and Western swing tunes, original songs, ballads and bossa novas on Dec. 13 at the Museum of Ventura County’s Agriculture Museum in Santa Paula.

23 and 24, Pacific Opera Victoria and the Victoria Symphony, in their first co-production, mounted a specially adapted concert version of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical South Pacific, conducted by POV artistic director Timothy Vernon and directed by Jacques Lemay. I attended the Sunday matinee, and the mightily deserved ovation had barely subsided before my pleasure turned to greed and I could think only: More, please. Concert version is too modest. True, the orchestra was on stage, so the focus was necessarily on Rodgers magnificent music (whos complaining?), but this was nonetheless a real production in most respects. The performers all first-rate, including POVs choristers spoke their dialogue and sang their songs from memory, in costume.
For more information, visit http://www.timescolonist.com/classical-music-victoria-opera-companies-push-the-envelope-1.723672

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