In Pop vs. Pops, an Orchestra Finds Balance to Maintain Its Relevance

November 14, 2014 4:54 PM

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Today, orchestral, jazz, and traditional vocalists are relegated to the sidelines more than ever, and pop and rock musicians, who target a young audience, dominate pop culture. With that, it becomes increasingly difficult for these more traditional artists to find an audience and remain relevant. However, there are organizations proving ways to be nimble and keep afloat in order to celebrate of their musical heritage. The New York Pops, for instance, proves that it follows the proverb "give the people what they want," by mixing in pop culture and celebrity appeal to help keep the light on for their more traditional, orchestral repertoire.

To call a spade a spade, the concept of a Pops organization is in fact to provide concertgoers with music that is viewed as accessible and in some respects, easily digestible. Therefore, what organizations like the New York Pops are doing is not earth shattering, however, the game has certainly chan...

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