The annual general meeting and ,lunch of the League of American Orchestras was sponsored by an artists agency. As part of the deal, one of the agency’s artists got to sing to us after the AGM business was done. The artist was Melinda Doolitle, who came third in 2007 American Idol. Simon Cowell said she should have won.
Melinda told us of her pride in having been chosen to perform at the nearby Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. She is not by any stretch of the imagination a classical soloist.
But American orchestras have many strings to their well-bent bow, and many of them stage variety shows around the year, especially at holiday seasons. So Melissa was there to pitch us her act at lunch. And pitch it she did, fully amplified. After that, we went back to contemplating why classical music was losing traction in the USA.