The future of live classical music performance...what are your thoughts?

The availability of DVDs and other "home entertainment" devices have effectively sent the old "drive-in" cinemas into oblivion...the internet is pushing secondhand bookshops/antique shops towards extinction... What about live classical music performance? With the dizzying rate at which technology keeps evolving,... show more The availability of DVDs and other "home entertainment" devices have effectively sent the old "drive-in" cinemas into oblivion...the internet is pushing secondhand bookshops/antique shops towards extinction...

What about live classical music performance? With the dizzying rate at which technology keeps evolving, what do you think the future holds here? Will people ultimately prefer to stay home with their DVDs, home-cinemas and YouTube for their "virtual" classical music experiences? What effect would decreasing concert attendances have on the world of live classical performance?

And of course, on top of this, there's the worsening oil crisis...this will surely affect the mobility of both performers and concert-goers...

Will live concerts eventually become a thing of the past? Or will there be some kind of technological meltdown, and we'll ultimately be forced to abandon our hi-tech existences and seek our musical pleasures elsewhere?

I'm curious to hear your thoughts here...


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