By John Masko, staff columnist
Yale Daily News
I’ll admit that I was a bit greedy for music as a freshman. It was a great perk of going to a first-rate university to be able to see the greatest musicians in the world for free. I could take a study break and walk two blocks from Old Campus to Sprague or Woolsey halls. And if I was just 10 minutes early, I could sit in the front row and see the hunched but boundlessly energetic Masaaki Suzuki (one of the world’s greatest baroque performers) conduct the Yale Schola Cantorum (one of its finest chamber choirs) in some of the best music ever written.
It took a little while before it began to strike me as odd how many seats always seemed to go empty during these fabulous events. There was the occasional graduate student or elderly retired-looking professor. But my amazing front-row seat meant that many of my classmates were neither aware of nor experiencing the privilege I experienced just by walking two blocks. MORE