What struck me was the community effect this band had. Everyone on the floor was singing, clapping, waving, swaying and dancing and cheering for some two hours. I stood amongst these people for a couple hours before the concert began, and spoke with a few, and had some sense of who these people were. Some were like me, but I imagine most were not. A few might appreciate classical music, but most probably did not. A few might share my political philosophy but likely many did not. Some might share my middle-class upbringing but many likely did not. Some may have travelled the world, others barely left home.
But this music made us all the same. It didn’t matter whether we would interact outside of this venue, we all took this concert in and enjoyed it because this music had at some point in our lives touched us meaningfully.
I don’t doubt that classical music does have this same kind of equalizing effect. But I think we are much harder pressed to share such an experience with the uninitiated. Not to mention, how often does the classical music community try to proactively harness this effect?
I don’t have an answer for now, merely observations, but I believe in this music that I have devoted my life to enough to have faith we can connect a community of strangers in the same way as The Killers did.