Again, the nation turns a to supposedly dead artform at very serious moments in its history, as mezzo-soprano and Grammy-Award winning opera singer Susan Graham will sing at the funeral mass for Senator Edward Moore Kennedy tomorrow (Aug. 29)in Boston, Massachusetts. Not to make a use a time of sorrow to make an argument, but I again must point out that classical music and opera holds so much more relevance than CD sales or even attendance sometimes show.
Of course, I don't know what she is singing, but I assume it will be classical or operatic. Also, maybe Kennedy liked certain operas. I know there is a video of him conducting the Boston Pops out there...but still, art music tends to be considered the most appropriate for big occasions, along with folk music and gospel, rather than rock and pop, the forms that supposedly replaced classical. I am a fan of all, but sick of hearing how dead classical is when it isn't.