Course blog for American University PERF-570, Fall 2014
This Huffington Post article highlights the delicate balance of providing popular music in orchestral form. The scope of these orchestras have changed in part because the scene of popular music has changed from orchestral, jazz, and “traditional vocalists,” to more along the lines of hip hop and rock. Part of pops orchestras’ mission is to provide music that is more relatable than some of its more classical counterparts, but as these traditional artists’ appeal is aging, they must also serve to give these artists a stage. There are still concerts that include popular music like the Beatles, I’ve seen a Queen tribute, Broadway hits, and film scores, but I pose to you this question: how do they keep these artists relevant? Obviously, classical concerts struggle with the same question, but I feel that there is more of a tendency for pops concerts to be “cheesy” which can be a turn off for younger concertgoers. (I would’ve been embarrassed at the Sir Mix-A-Lot Seattle Symphony concert.) What do you think?