Opera Chic has a weakness for Michael Tilson Thomas, a great American conductor, one of our greatest really, a man who, if anything, is underappreciated -- he is one of our foremost musicians. And the sad thing is that, all things equal, if he were European and more aloof -- or even a bit of a douche -- many Americans would probably appreciate him more.
There are book clubs. Why not symphony clubs? I think the major
performing organizations will have to look at the expansion of their
roles in educating people, in leading the process, in creating new
...When an audience goes to see a play by Shakespeare, what
percentage can follow it line by line? Not many. They can hear the
famous lines. A good deal they pick up form the production, the way it
is done. Maybe we’re going to see some kind of change in the musical
fashion of performing. We’re in a bells and whistles age. We’re in a
world of video, and some musicians treat it the way some silent movie
stars treated talkies — it’s just a fad. It is important that musicians
get inside of this, rather than have it forced on them.