A Matter Of Life And 'Death'

The Denver Post's Kyle MacMillan launched a three-part series recently called "Classical Music: A Future In Doubt." A familiar refrain, I'm sure, for long-time jazz fans, used to hearing gloomy forecasts for their beloved genre.

But! I urge you to read the first and second installments closely — the final is coming this weekend. Because when MacMillan deals with this topic, he takes time to address the underlying structural issues behind the crisis in diminishing and aging listenership. He dismisses the unproductive question if the music is dying artistically by spotlighting interesting new musicians. And he examines and hypothesizes possibilities for growth, including movements on the ground already.

There are enough differences between the classical and jazz worlds that you can't exactly substitute one growth prescription for another. But whenever this issue is talked about again in jazz, one hopes the discourse would be as constructive. [Denver Post: Hanging by a string: Can classical music adapt? / Classical music is going new places to attract new faces]

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