What’s wrong with this classical audience?

It’s Paris, 1968, and they are lots of young women in the audience.

Whatever became of the girls in the orchestra stalls?

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  • What happened when a particular strain of feminism took root. The mantric propagation, for the blame of all the ills of society, on three nasty words that have a lot to answer for in all walks of life: dead white males.

  • Juilius’ Katchen’s playing is exquisite. It is also very moving to see him play a year before his tragically early death. What a loss. Thank you for posting this.

  • They’re still there. They’re in the affordable seats, high in the balconies and grand tiers, where critics who pontificate about ageing classical audiences never venture.

  • “in the affordable seats” – I see plenty of young people at the Grant Park concerts in Chicago. Why? They’re free, informal, and outdoors.

    On the other hand, I saw the Juilliard Quartet recently. I estimate that at least 2/3 of the audience were over 70. Was that because most of the seats were going for $60? Maybe, but chamber music audiences do seem to be older, generally speaking.

  • Not in Ottawa, where Chamberfest is the biggest chamber music festival in the world. You see queues all over the city for the events, and they are all ages, with a lot of young people.

  • “Chamberfest” – I had a quick look at their website. Some things that stood out: varied and diverse programming; some concerts are free; ticket prices not too high (so it seems to me); and a generally non-stodgy approach. If it’s such a success, I wish other cities would copy it.

  • That may be the most idiotic and unrelated response to a simple question I have ever read.

    Sincerely, a white male (not dead)

  • What’s idiotic? Delbert Grady says “chamber music audiences do seem to be older, generally speaking.” I reply: “Not in Ottawa… You see queues all over the city for the events, and they are all ages, with a lot of young people.” Seemed right on point, and Mr, Grady seemed to agree.

    They are also, I might add, very much of both sexes.

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