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Thursday, March 28, 2013
Re: Benedict Goodfriend's letter "Eating away at classical music," March 26 Pick of the day:
No one loves classical music more than I. I have a music education degree, have taught music for 50 years, and been a church musician as long. I attend the symphony and opera regularly. I have heard the Kandinsky Trio, as well. Classical music is in my soul. I love it.
However, to assume everyone likes classical music is absurd. Maestro David Wiley is creating a strong platform for those who want to hear good orchestral sounds without listening to masterworks. He is allowing a broad spectrum of folk to be exposed to the orchestra. When 2,000 people attend a concert in Roanoke and enjoy listening to music with a live orchestra, it is a good experience. Who knows, they may decide to attend a masterwork.
It is up to those of us who love classical music to be tolerant of others who may not, expose them to music that entices, and include them in music that is uplifting and entertaining. We may sway them to appreciate our form of music. But being a musical snob will not encourage anyone to like classical music.
JUDY BARGER EDGELL
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