Closing her response to my post re the best violin recordings of 2010, Laurie said:
"it's important for us to support the live musicians of today, ... they are creating such inspiring work, it really would be sad to miss out..And with most of these artists, if you like what they do, you can also make it a point to see them perform live."
Regarding Arabella Steinbacher, whom I have now come to admire more than any other, she will be in Boston with the BSO during for the concerts of 1/27-2/1 and with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra April 21-29 including concerts in Carnegie Hall and the Troy Music Hall.
That however is an aside. I need help. I am deeply frustrated as a member of the Board of Directors of Troy Chromatic Concerts. We sponsored a superb recital by Lara St. John on Nov 15th but the hall was only between a quarter to a third filled. We have seen declining subscription sales and declining pre concert box office sales. The local classical music radio would be the obvious place to get lesser known artists into the public eye. But WMHT, our local (ostensibly classical) station is stubbornly uncooperative. They take our money for paid advertisements but last year I sent them all of Arabella Steinbacher's Orfeo recordings and they have not played one minute of any of them. I was going to do this for Lara as well and went so far as to order the discs but I was so disheartened at the station's response to the Steinbacher discs that I couldn't bring myself to waste the ones of St. John.
I am looking for suggestions for getting people out of their houses and into the concert hall to support the live musicians of today
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