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Classical Music: Alive and Well 

Classical Music: Alive and Well 

In July, National Public Radio’s Diane Rehm Show asked the question, “What is the future of classical music?” And Peabody’s own Fred Bronstein was there to answer.

Part of a panel that also included New Yorker music critic Alex Ross, critic and composer Greg Sandow, and pianist Orli Shaham, Dean Bronstein discussed the importance of early music education, and of the need for today’s young musicians to be prepared with a diverse skill set.

When the conversation turned to living room chamber music concerts such as those presented by GroupMuse, Bronstein reminded listeners that it was for such intimate settings that chamber music was originally created. “People want to interact with the music, to be involved,” he said.

With more than 2.5 million listeners weekly, the Diane Rehm Show brought a national focus to this important topic, concluding that classical music is alive and well. To listen to the podcast and add your comments to the conversation go to and search for the July 22, 2014, show.