Wednesday evening, June 19, I attended one of the best concerts I've heard in a long time. It took place at Grosse Pointe Memorial Church under the sponsorship of the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival.
For several years now this highly praised festival, which brings major international musicians to the area, has scheduled one of its programs at Grosse Pointe Memorial Church.
I wonder how long that will continue, though, since less than 40 people attended the concert. I find it distressing to experience such a high-caliber performance being given for such a small audience, especially in an area that prides itself on its cultural sophistication.
Over the past nine years I have attended many of the festival's other concerts, which are held primarily in Detroit's western suburbs. They are regularly performed before near-capacity audiences in venues considerably larger than Memorial Church.
Why such poor attendance in Grosse Pointe? The reasons could range from inadequate publicity to previous engagements to downright apathy. I hate to think that the opportunity to hear such top-notch music-making in our area may be in jeopardy because so few local music-lovers show up.