CNN Opinion: Classical music is Dying
Improvising Classical Concert Pianist Charlie Albright comments on the state of Classical music.
"Classical music," in its now-traditional sense, has seen better days. The Metropolitan Opera is only one of the many arts organizations that is having a harder and harder time filling its seats.
The National Endowment for the Arts reported that in 2012, only 8.8% of Americans had attended a classical music performance in the previous 12 months, compared to 11.6% a decade earlier. "Older Americans are the only demographic group to show an increase in attendance over a decade ago," the NEA study found.
So why aren't more young people showing an interest in classical music?
An example of Charlie improvising with the notes given by the audience is shown in the video below: