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Sunday, April 30, 2006

Passive Pleasures

My good friend Guthry over at The Crunch has done it again. He's got a ripper post on the modern passive society, and how that impacts upon the world of Classical Music. His theme runs that Art is tough, it demands attention and participation, unlike television, it doesn't just happen. There is a deep ocean of meaning beneath the surface of sound that enters our ears - we have to dive through it to taste the true experience and vision.

The whole thing has overtones of Neil Postman's classic work "Amusing Ourselves To Death", celebrating it's 20th anniversary at the end of this year. Is TV the ultimate source of these evils, the Passive Pleasures of Modern Man?

Read Guthry's article here.


Haitink Scores Job

The classical world isn't the fastest moving one, and sometimes things are persisted with far too long. Tradition is a great stabilising force, but when it meets the creative fire of Innovation, the old ways must depart. And so it is, the CSO, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, esteemed and venerable institution, has a new conductor! Barenboim has been dumped after 15 long years, and we extend a warm welcome to the 77 year old dutch maestro, Bernard Haitink. Welcome!

Read all about it in the local Sun-Times rag, here.