Classical Music is Dead*


Posted in Uncategorized by The Nouveau Classical Project on 08/30/2009


The Nouveau Classical Project proudly presents, “Pre-Construction,” a benefit party featuring a $10 open sake bar. The benefit will take place on Wednesday 16 September from 6:00 PM until 10:00 PM at Vig27 (119 East 27th Street, between Lexington and Park Avenues).

Come out and show your support for NCP! Help us grow and continue our mission to keep classical music alive by promoting it to younger audiences through eclectic events. Tickets to our season opener, “Reconstruction” will be available for purchase at the benefit as well as the infamous “CLASSICAL MUSIC IS DEAD” T-shirt. You know you want in on this.

Benefit tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door – they are available now!

Special thanks to Gekkeikan Sake and Vig27 for their generosity in making this event possible! Hope to see you there!

P.S. You can always show us your support here:

Read It and Weep: Adventures with the NCP Shirt

Posted in Uncategorized by Rachel Christensen on 08/13/2009


WHERE: Chelsea Market (9th Ave & 15th St)

WHEN: July 11, 2009 (afternoon)

WHAT: Me eating a sandwich while wearing the infamous Nouveau Classical Project “Classical Music is Dead” shirt and listening to a chamber group play Mozart’s “Eine Kleine Nachtmusik.” A stranger asks to sit at my table and listens for a minute. She then looks at me and says, “You probably shouldn’t be wearing that shirt.” I glance down briefly, look back at her, and reply, “Actually, I’m a classical musician.” Confused, she stares and asks, “So what does your shirt mean?” I attempt to explain the concept of irony to her and tell her a little about NCP. She nods, but I’m not sure if she understood.

WHY: I found the excerpt below on the New Yorker’s website today (August 12, 2009). Farley Katz and Thomas Pynchon seem to get it:

I first met Thomas Pynchon at a crowded bar in the East Village. He was wearing a shirt that cleverly read “I am not Thomas Pynchon,” but I knew it was him when he pointed to the shirt and silently mouthed, “Actually, I am Thomas Pynchon, but let’s just keep that between the two of us.” (

Need I say more? Someone get Mr. Katz and Mr. Pynchon an NCP shirt, immediately.

-Rachel Christensen