Classical music is so dead that 400 people were estimated to be present for a 5 a.m. performance of Steve Reich's Music for 18 Musicians at the Bang on a Can Festival.
Okay, New York is a big place - but at the moment it's also got 50 new music ensembles where 40 years ago it had just a few.
So, I want to know what, exactly, would constitute "the death of classical music"? No performances of popular standard repertory works? The collapse of big musical institutions, the ones on the scale of the BSO, SFS, Metropolitan Opera? The disappearance of smaller groups, such as the multitude of string quartets? The failure of Maurizio Pollini to fill Carnegie Hall? No new music from prominent composers, and not because they've died themselves?
And when does anyone think classical music will die? Not this year, certainly. In five years? Ten? Fifty? After we're all dead, so we won't know one way or the other?