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Poll: The Future of American Orchestras

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Orchestras of nearly every size, location and budget are grappling with questions about how to ensure their future. Many are asking themselves, will the affluent continue to see orchestras as worth supporting? Or will they turn their focus to more populist forms of philanthropic giving? Moreover, will audiences continue to turn out for Beethoven and Mahler in an age of texting and YouTube?

As WQXR examines the future of American orchestras in a special Greene Space event on May 3 (webcast live on, please vote in the poll below and tell us what you think: