ECM isn’t falling back on the tried-and-true, under the assumption that a new listener is an unadventurous, easily frightened-off listener. Instead, they’re betting that the tried-and-true could be precisely one of the barriers to sparking interest that classical-music organizations need to overcome.
ECM is a space where art and audience collide. Not only do attendees socialize, but performers also make it a point to talk with the audience, tell stories and connect in a way that makes the musical experience very powerful and interconnected, and very human.
Emerald City Music has emerged as a beacon for the casual-classical movement, presenting high-level musicians in an unstuffy environment.
With the program and performers at hand, it would be hard not to find enjoyment. All it would take is the decision to take the time to listen
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