Classical, schmassical

bell.jpgReactions to the Washington Post’s subway experiment with violinist Joshua Bell keep rolling in… Three new books recently reviewed in the New Republic– Who Needs Classical Music? Cultural Choice and Musical Value (J. Johnson), Classical Music, Why Bother? Hearing the World of Contemporary Culture Through a Composer’s Ears (J. Fineberg), Why Classical Music Still Matters (L. Kramer)– attempt to engage with the ‘crisis’ of classical music. Do they have a point?