I’m now convinced that each and every TAFTO contribution provides a wonderfully unique and enriching approach on how to share a classical music experience. Even though I’ve gone through numerous experiences of taking someone to a concert myself, after I read the contributions always I’m excited to go do it all again as soon as possible.
Alex Ross’ contribution stokes that fire again while simultaneously confirming why he’s one of the best cultural writers today. Having conducted his own private TAFTO program for some time now, his insight is subtle yet profound. Alex allows you genuinely experience what it’s like to make classical music yours, on your own terms, and without the stereotypical pretense or pomp.
And after all, that’s really what TAFTO is all about; empowering people to feel that classical music can be whatever they want it to be on their own terms. Classical music isn’t some “absolute greatest of art forms” with an obstinate sense of entitlement; it’s what each one of us wants it to be and how each person experiences the music is different from one seat to the next, one performance after another.
Take the time to read Alex’s contribution a few times, send it to your friends, and let it roll over your mind; then go take a friend to a concert this weekend.