From Ned Rorem

“I never go to concerts any more, and I don’t know anyone who does. It’s hard still to care whether some virtuoso tonight will perform the Moonlight Sonata a bit better or worse than another virtuoso performed it last night. I do often attend what used to be called avant-garde recitals, though seldom with delight, and inevitably I look around and wonder: What am I doing here? What am I learning? Where are the poets and painters and even composers who used to flock to these things?”

Ned Rorem

Author: Robert Bettmann

Founder of Day Eight, and the DC Arts Writing Fellowship.