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Classical 101

14-Year-Old Guitarist Rocks Vivaldi

In a world where arts organizations spend many hours trying to devise ways to lure younger audiences to classical music concerts, a young French guitarist seems to have found a way to plant her feet firmly in two musical worlds. Identified by writer/critic Norman Lebrecht only as Tina S., this young lady seems to have a bright musical future ahead.  She is as comfortable playing Vivaldi (above) and Carulli as she is playing Van Halen. Composers have, for centuries, blended the past and present. Respighi's Ancient Airs and Dances and Stravinsky's Pulcinella, to name but two.   Today, there are so many composers writing music which combines past and present. Vermont native Nico Muhly lists Thomas Tallis and Orlando Gibbons among his favorites, nominates the Symphony of Psalms by Stravinsky as best song, (though not really a song), while also finding inspiration in Xiu Xiu. Musical lines continue to blur.  Keeping classical music sequestered in a concert hall is a mistake. Turning it loose and seeing where artists from all disciplines take it will guarantee it's survival.