During the past decade, reports about the impending death of classical music have arrived with such regularity that doom-saying is practically a full-time activity for several arts journalists.
Today's pop culture, they say, with the idol-of-the-moment TV spectaculars and the cult of celebrity — combined with the serious decline of music education in many school districts — has built a society in which classical music is terra incognita to most people. Concert activity, buoyed up by a handful of aging donors, is confined mainly to blue-haired dowagers who make their increasingly decrepit way to the halls in order to hear the same stale pieces performed by the same bored musicians. Or so they say. By Melinda Bargreen, Seattle Times music critic, Seattle Times 03/16/08