I looked up "Classic" in the dictionary and it says "serving as a standard of excellence; of recognized value."
In classical music we might add that it's something that endures.
Recently, my colleague Ward Jacobson posted a blog about which living composers would be still be played 50 years from now?
I wonder if games like this were played back in Mozart and Beethoven's day? I'll bet they were because, for the most part, every concert was all new music.
You can "hear the future" tomorrow night at Orchestra Hall when Osmo Vanska and the Minnesota Orchestra present seven emerging composers in their Future Classics concert.
I'll be there hosting, which basically means I get to ask all those questions you've always wanted to ask - what's your piece about? why did you write it? what do you want us to experience? how was writing for the Minn Orch?
Come tomorrow night - or stay tuned the week after Thanksgiving to classical MPR.org when we post the concert on-line.