I will agree with you,that this is the case,in 2007,but it was not always the case. At one time Leopold Stokowski and Philadelphia Orchestra,and Toscanini and The NBC Symphony were on regular AM commercial radio,and later,in the case of Toscanini,television every week.Look at the wealth of classical music television clips on YouTube,that originally appeared on US TV,in the 50s 60s,and early 70s.
The phonograph,and the radio,were supposed to be the great cultural equalizer.in bringing "high culture" to the masses.This was pretty much the case,up until roughly the early 80s.One could argue that was the only medial that was avalable,but I would beg to differ.I believe Americans are generally less educated,and less cultural than they were fifty years ago.
In many areas,they are not merely ignorant,but downright stupid.
This situation,is much diffrent than what you find in some other countries,notably in Europe.Have you seen the clips on YouTube,of Leon Fleisher,playing the Ravel Concerto for the Left Hand ? Outstanding performance.This was aired last year,on regular French television.It appears to be a live performance,at a sports arena,believe it or not.Unbelievable that they could get the people to fill it.
"Steven C. Barr(x)" <[log in to unmask]> wrote: ----- Original Message -----
From: "Karl Miller"
> My take is that there are some perceptions on the parts of governing boards
which have produced inflated budgets and have forced some organizations in the
non-profit world, to lose site of the reason they were established. For me, it
has created some "business" models in the non-profit world that I find to be
One possibility is that the world of "high culture" (i.e. symphonies, art
galleries, museums and the like, as opposed to TV programs, NASCAR races
and "wrestling"...) the participants are most likely to be from the upper
financial as well as social class...and these are the people whose lives
are based on profit and "business models!"
If one spends all day planning high-profit mergers and acquisitions, one
doesn't suddenly turn off that thinking after work...
Steven C. Barr
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