You cannot expect a large crowd for formal concert music starting at 6:00 p.m. on a weekday in Washington, D.C., but May 27, 2014, the Kennedy Center’s Concert Hall filled up. A line for free tickets had wrapped around the side of that massive building on the Potomac, filling seats usually reserved for subscribers to conventional programs after dinner time. So the audience was a little different, and there’s no better case for arts outreach than the experiment of giving it away (as other countries do better than ours). But this audience wasn’t only different because a barrier to…

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