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Symphony orchestras struggle to court a younger audience

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Next month, the Missouri Symphony Society will kickoff its annual Hot Summer Nights music festival. This year’s lineup features over 20 performances, spanning a variety of genres. That list includes traditional classical and opera, as well as more contemporary fare, including tributes to Michael Jackson and Elton John. There’ll also be a number of kid-friendly events, including one that draws upon the connections between pizza and music.

This type of diverse lineup is becoming more common across the country, as symphonies attempt to court a younger audience to remain financially stable. This week on Intersection, we’ll talk about the future of symphony orchestras, and get a preview of this year’s Hot Summer Night Festival.


Kirk Trevor, artistic director, Hot Summer Nights Music Festival

Chris Campbell, executive director, Missouri Symphony Society

Rehman Tungekar is a former producer for KBIA, who left at the beginning of 2014.