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Leopold Stokowski

Diversity critical to survival of classical music field

Diversity critical to survival of classical music field

Classical music still has time to save itself from extinction. But how can the art form I love avoid the fate of the dinosaur and the dodo?

First, it must admit it still has a diversity problem; second, it must aggressively remedy that problem.

The difficulty with that plan of action? Classical music in the United States purposefully avoided diversification for so many years.

Let’s look at the history:

Classical music was once part of popular culture. Paganini and Liszt were rock stars in their days. Even in the early 20th century, classical music was featured in the “Bell Telephone Hour” on NBC and in Looney Tunes cartoons. Disney’s...

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