Related or unrelated phenomena?
An anti-modernist Michigan lady writes to the Wall Street Journal:
I serve on the board of a small local chamber music ensemble and we confront this issue every year. For example, the musicians want to play Elliot Carter, the audience doesn't enjoy Elliot Carter's music, and the board is told by musicians that if we only would learn more about what Mr. Carter is trying to do and the theories behind his music, we would enjoy it. I respond: Why is this material unenjoyable to anyone not primed by a professional musicologist?
It's actually "Elliott" with two t's, whatevs!
But, Mozart -- who, one assumes, is a big crowd-pleaser in Beverly Hills, MI, wherever that might be -- actually makes drunken New Zealanders cower in fear:
The Hamilton City Council has deemed its latest scheme to reduce alcohol-related crime in the CBD as a resounding success. Nightclubs are playing classical music like Mozart and Andy Williams around closing time as a way of dispersing the crowds. Inner city streets have also been closed as a way of preventing cars hitting pedestrians. Hamilton Mayor Bob Simcock says the behaviour has improved greatly since the trial started.
Mozart and Andy Williams?
Opera Chic reports, you decide.