Raising a question: Do we still need classical music?
After 9/11 many orchestras gave some free performances to expose people to the beauty and harmony of classical music to help them deal with shock, anxiety and grief. As the Louisiana Philharmonic orchestra’s executive director Sharon Litwin remembers, in New Orleans, when people were leaving the opening night concert, “you could see they shed so much of weight”. The music did “what music is supposed to do: it touched your soul, it soothed, it calmed” (the New York Times
However, having come recently to Handel’s Messiah
performed at Dominion-Chalmers United Church, I was surrounded by the audience, the average age of which is approximately 55 years old. That is why I asked myself a question: do we still believe in the intrinsic power of classical music or is this genre outdated and attractive for a small cohort of the population? To find a reasonable answer to these inquiries, I conducted an interview with Saeideh Rajabzadeh
– a third-year student of the uOttawa School of Music, specializing in vocal performance. She has collaborated as a chorister with National Arts Centre Orchestra and Ottawa Symphony Orchestra and has sung choral masterworks under the baton of renowned conductors such as Pinchas Zukerman, Alexander Shelley, Alain Trudel, Duain Wolfe, Jack Everly and many more.
Photo Credit: Kelly Hotte Photography
Classical music is not part of our culture anymore, is it?