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Here are a few random links that caught my eye in recent days:

Henry Fogel wrote last week about orchestra board members trying to influence music-director selection, showing the perils of even the most well-meaning and unintentional conflict of interest.

Responses from the blogosphere: Jim McCarthy carried the age-of-the-audience debate from this blog last week over onto his own blog with some provocative thoughts about the so-called "young audience." (As another blogger observed, this is an old and well-worn subject, but it still seems to hit a nerve every time it comes up.)

I was commiserating with someone else in the field recently about how we hadn't had time to watch the Cliburn competition on the Web. Well, the results came in last weekend, and one critc thinks the judges got it way wrong. You can go back and watch the archived performances on the web and see for yourself.

One reader tried to post this amusing link about standing ovations in Utah as a blog comment. It didn't go through, so he sent it to me, and I'm posting it for him.
Note: The Comments section of Washington Post blogs apparently doesn't like Weblinks. If you try to post a link in a comment to this blog, your comment will automatically go into the spam folder, which I don't check every day. You are not being censored; I will clear your post for publication as soon as I see it. But your posts will go up more quickly if you don't include Weblinks. (And if you try to post it seven times, I will get seven copies of it in my spam folder.)

And don't take my word for the latest news from the NSO's Asian tour: the orchestra is blogging about it too.

By Anne Midgette  |  June 12, 2009; 12:25 PM ET
Categories:  music on the Web , random musings  
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I'm 19 years old and a die-hard opera lover so I guess that makes me part of the infamous "Young Audience." Here are my thoughts:

Market research shows that the younger demographic is fickle and unpredictable. It's a losing battle to try and court this audience. Just look at what the younger crowd is into: Hanna Montana, High School Musical, The Jonas Brothers etc. Do we really need this crowd?

The most recent efforts to reach a bigger audience have been very successful. Just look at the Metropolitan Opera's HD Transmissions! I fell in love with opera because of the HD series because it makes opera exciting and accessible.

I think it's pointless to kowtow to the younger crowd, but there should be more efforts to get Opera and Classical Music out there for more people!

Posted by: mcfan107 | June 12, 2009 2:53 PM | Report abuse

Matthew Guerrieri, at the blog Soho the Dog (link omitted) did some population/age of the audience analysis a year or so ago and found that they had increased at the same rate from the 50s to the present day, a function of longer lives and extensions of the different stages of life. People who would have their kids at 25 now have them at 35, and the same thing has happened, he thinks, with classical music audiences.

Posted by: LisaHirsch1 | June 13, 2009 12:06 PM | Report abuse

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