Who says classical music is dead? Amazon’s uniquely entertaining hit program “Mozart in the Jungle,” about sex, drugs and classical music, edged out highly popular “Veep” and “Transparent” for best comedy series at the Golden Globes in January. Classical music has gotten a punk rock makeover with Gael García Bernal’s vibrant rendition of a brilliant new/young New York Symphony conductor named Rodrigo, also winning Best Performance as an Actor.
The TV series’ plot rollicks around a parallel classical music universe in New York: vicious competition, group sex, cocaine parties, sexual favors in exchange for plummy orchestra jobs, the female lead wondering why she “was hired for so many of my gigs in bed.”
TV is key, but not the only measure that classical music is taking to enhance image and awareness with younger audiences. With its high potential to reach younger classical music fans, several professional classical musicians — including Gustavo Dudamel, LA Symphony’s flamboyant wunderkind who may be the role model for Rodrigo — were compelled to actually approach the show’s producers asking to be involved. Dudamel himself is motivated by a profound belief in music’s power to unite and inspire, so his kind of dynamism is shifting the balance of popularity in favor of classical.
Z’Scoop just had to check out a few other motivators for young music afficionados:
National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) In Your Neighborhood
This community engagement program builds deeper connections with audiences, inspires learning, creates excitement and fosters appreciation for live classical music by organizing free performances and educational activities in Washington DC.
Events include full orchestra concerts, in-school visits, chamber performances, artistic exchanges, instrument petting zoos and special classes presented in schools, churches, community centers, nightclubs and performing arts venues.
New York Philharmonic Biennale
Flagship project of NYP, exploring classical music by throwing concerts with composers, partners, performers, and curatorial voices at the Lincoln Center campus and other Manhattan venues.
High quality live classical performances in private homes, marketing them to young audiences … “halfway between a chamber music concert and a house party … Jam out on the air-violin if that’s your thing!”
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra
All Access Pass just $30 Limitless Orchestral Series for college students at a reasonable price. LACO has done the “Play Me, I’m Yours” project, in 2012, installing 30 pianos around the city for anyone to play.
All books available at amazon.com. Click on title to order.
Mozart in the Jungle: Sex, Drugs, and Classical Music
by Blair Tindall
Jazz Pedagogy: The Jazz Educator’s Handbook and Resource Guide
by Richard Dunscomb and Willie Hill
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