New England Conservatory's Jordan Hall and Takacs Quartet for the Celebrity Series


Jordan Hall at New England Conservatory in Boston

Live Performance Feature: Takacs Quarter for the Celebrity Series at Jordan Hall in Boston


A while back, in early December, I was lucky enough to see Takacs Quartet perform at New England Conservatory's Jordan Hall as part of the Celebrity Series of Boston. No pictures are allowed during the performance but I was able to take this photo beforehand, which shows off the beautiful venue and the intimate setting from a quartet performance. 

The quartet performed pieces by Haydn, Timon Andres and Dvorak. During intermission, I heard a lot of audience members sniff a vague disapproval of the Modern piece by Andres. It's not for everyone, but I am a fan. (Of course I am a fan; that's the same general art movement that influence all my favorite poets.) 

My friend and I noticed, though, that we were one of the few "young people" and we're both in our 30s (so not really young). Was it because Classical music just doesn't appeal to a younger audience? But then I remembered attending the free performance of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" at the Hatch Shell featuring the Commonwealth Shakespeare Company performing the play and the Landmark Orchestra performing Mendellsohn's inspired composition. That was as crowded as you can get with a very diverse age range. So, I think it's a matter of cost. The younger people would probably go to the performances, if they could afford it. And if they were in the audience, there might be less nose crinkling over the avant garde Modernist composers. 

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