Greg Sandow Chicago Lecture Co-presented by Slover Linett

April 07, 2010

The firm, in partnership with the University of Chicago’s Cultural Policy Center and the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, will host a conversation with Sandow on April 20. Sandow is an influential commentator on the future of classical music and serves on the faculty at Julliard.

Greg Sandow, a veteran critic, composer, consultant, blogger, and author of a forthcoming book on the future of classical music, is a member of the Graduate Studies faculty at Juilliard and is currently an artist in residence at the University of Maryland, where he's working with students at the School of Music.

He has kindly agreed speak at two separate events on Tuesday, April 20, in both cases discussing “The Rebirth of Classical Music.”

The morning event will be a breakfast conversation with Sandow for Chicago-area music professionals, held at the Chicago Cultural Center from 8:30am to 10am. The event is free but space is limited and an RSVP is required; for details email Jessica Moore at the Department of Cultural Affairs (

The second event will be a lunchtime workshop sponsored by the Cultural Policy Center at the University of Chicago, to be held on campus from 12 noon to 1:30pm.  For more information, visit or email Betty Farrell, director of the Center (bfarrell

A preview of Sandow’s remarks:

Classical music is at a scary but exciting crossroads. Scary, because many things need to change if classical music is going to survive. But exciting because the changes are already happening, and they open up stunning new possibilities. Classical music can be reborn. It can rejoin the culture around it, and become a truly contemporary art.

Slover Linett partner Peter Linett, who invited Sandow to Chicago on behalf of the Cultural Policy Center, is excited to hear from Sandow first-hand. “I’ve been reading his Artsjournal blog for years, as well as the book he’s been writing online. His vision has always been tremendously exciting to me, because he wants to tear down the wall between classical music and the rest of life.”

Linett hopes the breakfast event will be a chance for leaders of Chicago’s music scene to debate that vision together. “This could be an important conversation,” he says.

Friends of Slover Linett who are interested in the future of classical music are invited to join us at one of these Chicago events. For more information, please contact us at or (773) 348-9200.

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