I've seen some PBS broadcasts of Rieu and his orchestra and my personal feelings are mixed. He seems to be quite popular and performs music that a lot of people enjoy as well as providing employment to a good number of musicians. However the range of his music is limited to really popular stuff that suits the taste of the geriatric set (of which I am a card-carrying member).
Although many of his musicians are young and seemingly talented his performances don't seem to attract the younger audience which perpetuates the stigma that traditional orchestral music is only for the grey haired fans.
What are your thoughts?
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