What is Classical Music worth to us?


My colleagues at WDR3 asked me to compare the cities of Cologne and Phoenix in terms of classical appreciation.  It is not an easy task, but this report attempts to make the comparison fair and accurately.  In short, Europeans are much more willing to pay for cultural activities through taxes, whereas American organizations hope the locals will pick up the tab.

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Prague, a city of culture

Prague by night

Phoenix maintains partnerships with cities around the world as a way to promote cultural and economic ties.  The sister cities program includes partnerships with places in Mexico, Canada and Japan.  But it’s a relationship with the city of Prague—the capital of the Czech Republic—that is the focus of our next story.  KJZZ’s Tony Ganzer traveled to Europe on a fellowship, and found a city rich in culture and history that few Phoenicians know much about, even though there are close Arizona ties.

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