3. Anne Midgette: Great programming makes connections

WHAT’S IN THIS VIDEO: Great programs make connection that show pieces in new light. Like a meal – there has to be balance between pieces. We seem to have more ernest programs these days – have we lost fun to pops concerts? The lighter side of music is important. Why music needs a “twinkle.” Do orchestras only exist to play great music of the past? We need to keep refreshing the kind of music that’s played – there’s what people think they want versus what they’re actually getting out of it.



  1. Of course orchestras need to play music of the 19th century and before because we need to preserve the great music traditions of the past. But at the same time, we need to experience how old traditions evolve and take new forms. The audience of the past and present are the ones who care enough about the pieces being performed to share their insight for those who can’t be there.

  2. Pop and light music is needed to bring new audiences to clasical music.

  3. Anthony Lukins says:

    I can certainly relate feeling obligated to play classics, “the hits”. It reminds me of my band days. Nobody wanted to hear our originals. They all wanted to hear “Purple Haze” and “Free bird”. Great stuff and fun to play but not a lot of growth playing it night after night.

  4. Mihai Gherman says:

    I think we have to look a little bit in the past and than to comeback to our times. Until 20’th century, the music was practically divided only in folkloric and, I would name it, “elaborated music” (what we name today classical music), existing, of course, some interference between (look to Russian music of 19’th century). The two main catalysts of this second kind where the church and the imperial (royal) courts. Together with the huge industrialization and urbanization processes of late 1800, beginning of 1900, a new style of music appeared. I would name it “cities music”. I am thinking to American jazz and blues, Greek rebetika, French chansonette, which evolved than in rock, pop,etc.. So, practically, today we have to do with a much larger categories of music which continue to interfere and to develop. In my opinion, the big challenge of “elaborated music” (could we name it still classical?) is to find her place and her message in this very variate picture.

  5. I appreciate the comments about adding some lighter music to the mix, or at least not being so serious all the time. If the musicians look like they’re enjoying themselves, that can be a way to draw in new audiences, who may not be as familiar with the history of the music.

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