It’s a subject to be treated delicately, but it can hardly be fruitful to ignore it:

“There was a time when practically every major soloist was Jewish,” says violinist Joshua Bell. “Every Jewish kid grew up wanting to play the violin. Now it’s true among Asians.”

Chinese, Japanese, and Koreans flow into our music schools and our orchestras in a marvelous stream, and even the ones who don’t play are frequently an important part of the audience for classical music. Is it all a result of a culture’s expectations about child-rearing?

Read some of the facts here.

Just a few weeks before I was going to try a rather thrilling new technological tool in a recital — an innovation that I thought would probably impress my audience with the preternatural with-itness of this guy playing old music with the latest wireless page-turning technology — The New York Times rather stole my thunder in an article about a Carnegie Hall performance that used those very tools.

Now the TED Talks present the pianist reviewed in that article talking about and demonstrating the Bluetooth-enabled procedure that I am finding so helpful:

UPDATE: A friend who was in the audience sends this photo of the iPad/AirTurn combo in use on December 8. (Since the picture was taken on an iPhone, and in the foreground you see a MacBook Pro making an audio recording of the music, Apple should be paying me.)

ANOTHER UPDATE: Of course there are other ways to turn a page.

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