It's very easy to find dire predictions of the future of classical music: its audience is rapidly ageing, listeners make up only about two percent of the population, and so on. Each generation of artists in any field trains and inspires the next. Classical music, it seems, must also recruit its next generation.
The last time I saw the Shanghai Quartet was about 25 years ago. On Sunday, when I heard the vibrant string ensemble again at Edmond Town Hall, the first thing I asked was whether anyone from back then was still performing.
From their youthful appearances, you would never guess first violinist Weigang Li and his brother Honggang Li on viola were members when the now world-renowned group was formed in 1983.