Here we go again. According to an article today’s Washington Post, music programs, classical and otherwise, may be trimmed by the budget cutting axe as Fairfax County officials struggle with the impossible task of making ends meet when there just isn’t enough money to go around.
Since this blog is focused on classical music, not politics, per se, I’ll avoid political comment other than to say there’s credit and blame enough to go around – to members of both political parties, and leave it at that.
What concerns me is how often it is that the arts, including the performance arts of music, theater and dance, are considered frills to be cut when times are hard.
Me – I don’t agree.
I believe that when times are hard, aside from those perennial best sellers despite the times, booze and cigarettes, people need the arts more than ever. My Depression Era grandparents spoke fondly of going to the thee-aye-ter to see the glamorous Hollywood movies of the early 30′s. Of all the things they could have talked about with me after long lives, they valued and remembered those movie outings enough to tell me about them. And, I must confess, though far too young to appreciate it, I remember going to Rockefeller Center in NYC with them to see a move at (I think it was), the Roxie and seeing The Rockettes!
But back to classical music.
I think it would be a huge mistake to cut the programs. Surely there are other places in the Fairfax County Public School System where a little nip and tuck could save major money.
“Save the MUSIC!”, that’s what I say.
How about you?