Fear of a Philistine Planet

Once new music is taken out of the ivory tower, away from audiences who (ostensibly) have the prowess to put it in a meaningful context, one has to contend with the tastes of normal people.

Choosing the Right Dress

Similar to fashion, some artists and ensembles have lots of style while others only blend in with the crowd, and some people just don’t care about fashion—musical or otherwise.

Independence Day

Orchestras all over the country traditionally celebrate the annual marker of our sovereignty with a bombastic concert, replete with fireworks and all sorts of other extra-musical hoo-ha. Frequently, Tchaikovsky’s historically inappropriate 1812 Overture gets trotted out.