KCUR Arts
1:14 pm
Mon August 29, 2005

The Aging Audience of Orchestras

A recent article in The New York Times described how orchestras around the country are trying to draw more people, especially younger ones, to the concert hall. Some of the enticements include speed dating, salsa lessons, 20 minutes concerts, and free buffets.
Kansas City Symphony
Executive Director Frank Byrne responds.

5:15

Kansas City, Missouri – A recent article in The New York Times described how orchestras around the country are trying to draw more people, especially younger ones, to the concert hall. Some of the enticements include speed dating, salsa lessons, 20 minutes concerts, and free buffets. KCUR's Laura Spencer talked to

Kansas City Symphony
Executive Director Frank Byrne about responding to the challenges of an aging audience.

Additional resources: Letters to the Editor respond to The New York Times article;

John S. and James L. Knight Foundation study
on how classical fans connect to music, symphonies; and The Kansas City Symphony?s Young Friends of the Symphony