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Steven Truong


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Why is it that classical music is now ignored by the majority of society?

Sure, classical music still exists and is still evolving with new compositions. However, this perennial genre of music has been evidently on the decline with the rise of other types of music that is unfortunately promoted over classical music. I understand that with new generations come new tastes due to media and pop culture, but classical music has been preserved prominently from the Baroque period (1600s) well into the Contemporary and Late Romantic era (late 1800s- 1970s ish). I feel as though classical music should be integrated into education (it is in orchestra, choir, band etc) as a core subject as art is necessary along with athletics to foster a well balanced student. Unfortunately, this antiquated music is left behind and I am afraid that it will one day vanish as the number of composers are dwindling. What are your thoughts on this?


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  • Aug 4 2013: The Masterworks performances at Warsaw, Indiana every summer are top quality with guest artists. They present symphony orchestra, plays, pops music with such quality one would think they are in New York or some other center of artistic fame. However, there is a lot of grey hair.

    On the other hand students of nearby Grace College participate with their professors along with guests and show us a very good modeling of teamwork in presenting these wonderful performances. A recent guest violinist, Rachel Barton Pine, awed the audience with superb and multiple performances that were rewarded with multiple standing ovation and acclimation.

    Where in the world are such magnificent performances of classics performed with such great joy? Perhaps many places. Such are not dead, just receding a bit.

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