Classical Music’s Latest New Thing

bolivarorchestra1Every few decades, classical music discovers a “saviour.” Sometimes it’s a composer; once it was Benjamin Britten, nowadays it’s John Adams and Thomas Adès. Or it might be a charismatic maestro that gives the much-needed shot in the arm; Karajan, say, or Simon Rattle. More recently, hopes have been raised (by the record companies, if nobody else) that crossover composers like Ludovico Einaudi or crossover performers like Katherine Jenkins would lead classical music out of its ghetto. But now help for classical music is coming from an altogether unexpected quarter – Venezuela.

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