Will Robin, whose blog Seated Ovation is based in Berlin this season, confronts the eternal question of how to attract younger people to classical music. His anecdotal sense, which matches mine, is that the German scene is far ahead of the American one. "Here, it’s just as natural for adults to attend the symphony as it is for adults to attend an art museum in the U.S.," he says. "And, generally, young people turn out for the Berlin Philharmonic. There’s an especially large surplus of the 25-35 crowd who dress well and seem culturally refined."
The rough video above gives a sense of the atmosphere at DG's Yellow Lounge events.