The classical music world blames everybody else because Josh Bell wasn’t recognized in the subway. If they wanted him to be recognized, they should have made him a rock star, not put him in a darkened theater and then told the audience to “shhhhh” while he played 64ths like he was on rails. The audience shouldn’t have to know what a 64th is in order to enjoy it. We can do better.
I hated when that video came out. They posted this performance online and then felt superior when nobody recognized him.
I’ve struggled to articulate what I think is wrong with classical music today – this goes farther than I think I ever could.