On Feb. 7, The Daily Star published an excerpt of Mark Vanhoenacker’s article titled “The death of classical music in America.” Claims such as these come around every so often, citing companies that are sadly no longer with us or the decline in classical music sales.
It is true that some classical music institutions have not had the support necessary to thrive. However, in this community, classical music is far from the grave, and for that I want to thank you.
The amount of classical music available in this community is astounding. In addition to the Glimmerglass Festival, for which I serve as artistic and general director, we have many other organizations, including the Catskill Symphony Orchestra, Catskill Choral Society, Oneonta Concert Association, Little Delaware Youth Ensemble and Cooperstown Chamber Music Festival, not to mention the musical performances presented by the many colleges in the area. The fundraising done by Cooperstown Central School’s Friends of Music and Art, and your attendance at the local high school musicals and plays, also show that you think creative outlets are important.
The community wants to discuss what they see and hear on stage; people are becoming more engaged. At Glimmerglass, we are witnessing this phenomenon. My goal is for us to provide an outlet for this, not only through performances, but through all of our ancillary activities. Arts = community.
Peter Macris and his peers identified this community as ripe for arts, culture and classical music in 1975 when they founded Glimmerglass Opera, and community members have shown their agreement by continuing to show support for the many arts events in the area. I’m writing to say thank you to the ticket buyers, donors and volunteers of this area. Thank you for proving that classical music has a place here.
Springfield, New York City and Washington, D.C.