While I disagree with many of the statements Ted Peterson makes (Commentary, June 27), I applaud him for starting a conversation about how to attract the next generation of symphony-goers.
He failed to mention the San Luis Obispo Symphony’s countywide efforts to bring classical music to school-age children. One or two children excited about their first hearing of “Ode to Joy” or Itzhak Perlman’s “Beethoven Violin Concerto” might translate into one or two more seats at the next Symphony concert.
I was a 20-something rock ‘n’ roll fan who signed up for an Introduction to Classical Music course at my local adult education center. I had never heard a note of classical music. Peterson would call the pieces played during this course (i.e., Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 5,” Grieg’s “Piano Concerto”) “unadventurous.” I loved them. I was propelled into the exciting, rich and incredibly extensive classical repertoire, where I discovered magnificent and timeless music.
So, Peterson, why not introduce school-age children, 20-, 30-, 40-, 50-and older-somethings to the timeless, extensive — and might I say, popular — classical music repertoire?
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