While classical music (and classical culture in general) is increasingly being swept aside by an increasingly toxic entertainment culture, non-Western cultures may be becoming increasingly appreciative of it.
Our good friend Professor Carol discusses the pianist Panos Karan, who is taking classical music–quite literally–into the jungle:
Panos shared unforgettable video clips of his trip up the Amazon and the ecstatic response his listeners had to music entirely new to them. The audience was stunned.
Soon after, we were sipping lattes in the ship’s coffee bar and talking about the power of music, as well as the imperative to share it. Panos as a young pianist believed that playing at Carnegie Hall would represent his most cherished goal. He accomplished that and has now found a much higher mission, and a more rewarding one.
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