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"What is killing the orchestras of America?" Are they overly dependent on government grants? Is their lack of operating funds to blame? Is classical music dying out?

"Orchestras and classical music organizations in general are not transient. Some have limited tours, some even depend on touring. But most are tied to a particular place, even a particular venue, and help raise generation after generation to new levels of culture, acting as schools and as dynamic symbols of the best we can do. As they fail, that identity is chipped away; the best we can do becomes just a little less. The trend may have something to do with a flagging popularity of classical music. But there are two big flaws in that casual observation. First, listening trends at least indicate that, if anything, classical music's audience is growing. Second, orchestras don't necessarily limit themselves to classical music." -- Carlton Wilkinson, the Street.com

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