Classical Music is Dead*

Support a Music Maker, a Milliner and Their Muses

Posted in we like by The Nouveau Classical Project on 01/23/2012

Check out our Indiegogo Campaign and support our debut at Symphony Space on April 5, 2012. Wearing the Lost Generation will be a salon event featuring the world premiere of Trevor Gureckis‘s Lost Generation as well as Ravel’s Piano Trio in A minor. And per usual–music-inspired fashion, this time by quirky and loveable self-proclaimed nerd Heidi Lee!


Limited Edition Gigi Burris ‘Classical Music is Dead’ T-Shirt

Posted in fashion, we like by The Nouveau Classical Project on 02/05/2010

List Price: $1,000.00
Our Price: $20.00

The shirts have arrived! More pics coming soon. Get them while you can, because there are a limited quantity in existence and some of our Kickstarter backers have already got dibs on them. At $20 a pop, these soon-to-be highly-coveted and unattainable tees are truly a deal. You can snag one here.

Get ready to be envied! Hope you can handle the overwhelming amount of attention this shirt may attract. We’d love to hear about any reactions, so feel free to send along photos and stories to

Score this shirt, get your name printed on our program, or receive a DVD of our show! Details here.

Coming Soon: ‘Classical Music is Dead*’ Tee Version 2.0

Posted in fashion, we like by The Nouveau Classical Project on 01/30/2010

People are aware of all sorts of important causes and precious endangered species going extinct…but what about the survival of classical music? Or at least its relevance to people outside classical music-dom. Like philately (which used to be one of my favorite hobbies before the miniature works of art went adhesive), classical music has become one of those hobbies that contain a handful of middle-aged aficionados, who I’m sure want to see classical music (ahem, concert music) live beyond their lifetime.

So let’s make it happen! Our new and improved ‘Classical Music is Dead*’ tee, exclusively designed for us by Gigi Burris, will help get classical music in people’s heads and get you loads of attention. It sure did for Rachel, read about her shirt shenanigans here. These limited-edition gems are rare, so you’d better nab one fast and get ready to be stalked by paparazzi! Shirts arrive February 5…more info and pics coming soon.

Publicity for $1?! Your name in lights (ok, more like in ink on quality paper) at our next event! Details 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

Our T-shirt in the Times

Posted in Uncategorized by The Nouveau Classical Project on 06/01/2009

Just got an e-mail from William Brittelle telling me that our “Classical Music is Dead” tee was mentioned in the Times today! 

read William Brittelle’s and Mizzy Mazzoli’s Times Review