But at the same time, it was written in the classical idiom, an idiom that requires different listening habits from pop music. The old-style pops concert served two functions, then – to entertain and educate, with the goal of bringing new listeners to classical music. The new-style pops concert only entertains, and wins no ears for classical music. Which is a difference worth mourning.
My regional band, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, is putting on a show of video-game music. This coincides with some sort of scifi thing in Indianapolis. Nothing that Mr. Mangan suggests will be worse. Anything will be better; even the silly "best-of" concerts.
For Pete's sake, a band could play the first movement of Beethoven's 5th four times in a row and the audience would probably appreciate it. Or Holst's Planets. Or anything. Something.
Throw me a bone, kids, I'm dyin' out here!