There was a time, not so long ago, when the symphony was considered an upscale event: a dark place where stiff-collared elitists dragged their mistresses to enjoy the spoils of the rich.
The drug culture has long since been a part of the arts community, and now that marijuana has gone legal and relatively mainstream in parts of western America, the smoking taboo is gradually being given some stage time.
In fact, the Colorado Symphony Orchestra is set to embrace the stoner culture over the summer by performing a series of marijuana-themed concerts, which they hope will become a new lease for their classical music program and ultimately lure in a younger audience.
These concerts will be promoted as “Classically Cannabis: The High Note Series,” which will be funded through sponsorships from members of Colorado’s recreational marijuana commence. And although pot will not be sold at these events, the Colorado Symphony website indicates that as long as patrons bring their own weed, marijuana consumption will be permitted.
“Cannabis will not be sold at the event, however, and the price of the reservation is entirely unrelated to whether one chooses to use cannabis or not.”
Some traditional symphony enthusiasts are upset about the orchestra’s intentions to turn to the stoner class in an attempt to expand its fan base. "I know that the symphony needs new sponsors, and they are trying to go after a younger group," Judith Inman, a volunteer involved in fundraising for the symphony, told the Associated Press. "I just don't think this is the way to go about it."
Regardless, part one of the summer concert series -- Pan American Highway -- is set to get underway on May 23.
Mike Adams writes for stoners and smut enthusiasts in HIGH TIMES, Playboy’s The Smoking Jacket and Hustler Magazine. You can follow him on Twitter @adamssoup and on Facebook/mikeadams73.