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Classical music’s “gateway drug”

Percussionist Ian Rosenbaum '10MM, '11AD
September 25, 2013

James Chute
U-T San Diego

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Consider yourself warned: Exposing yourself to solo percussion music could prove dangerous.

Although there are no formal studies, anecdotal evidence has shown that percussion can be a gateway drug into a full-scale addiction to classical music.

“Percussion is so cool,” said Ian David Rosenbaum, who performs Oct. 1 on the Fresh Sound series at Bread & Salt.

“We get to go on stage and hit things, from beautiful concert instruments to trash can lids. It’s a lot of fun. So it’s a great way to get someone who might never listen to classical music interested in classical music.”

You have to be careful about the Brooklyn-based, Yale-educated percussionist. At age 26, he’s not always playing by the time-honored classical music rules in his quest to expose people to his musical pleasures.

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