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Diversity is more than just a politically correct buzzword

Diversity is a word that gets tossed around a lot these days, oftentimes to the point that it loses it's impact.  However, I'd like to toss it out there today in terms of our listening habits. We are creatures of habit.  Menus often revolve around the familiar...we take the same route to work every day...start the morning with a cup of coffee or tea...have our hair styled the same way.  Musical diversity, on the other hand, is something that can be easily achieved in the internet age. Understandably, we want our daily or weekly dose of certain composers.  Bach, Mozart, Handel, Brahms, etc.  How much more interested would our ears be if, in the midst of all of those familiar flavors, Tan Dun popped up...or Aaron Jay Kernis being premiered this season by ProMusica Chamber Orchestra, Marcus Roberts, Eric Ewazen, Roberto Sierra, or Stephen Paulus?  All of those composers, and many, many more, have premieres being played this season. I love chocolate and strawberry ice cream, but a recent birthday gift to the Vienna Ice Cafe made my taste buds sit up and take notice.  The same thing holds true for music. Try some new flavors...you won't love everything, but you're bound to find something will make your ears very happy. Read Chasing diversity by Frank J. Oteri (New Music Box)