Classical music from New York's cemeteries and catacombs on the rise

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  • Wednesday, 16 Oct 2019

People listen to a concert of the Death of Classical series at the Green-Wood Cemetery in New York. The crypt and catacomb shows draw in a mixed bag of audience members, ranging in age and expertise, defying the notion that classical music attendees are ageing out. Photo: AFP

Deep in one of New York's most prestigious cemeteries, the eerie vibrations of a string concerto ricochet off catacomb walls, a seance of sorts invigorating the spirit of classical music.

Media reports regularly warn of the music's impending doom, but Andrew Ousley, who founded the cheekily named Death Of Classical concert series in the US, says the obituaries are premature.

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