Classical music is in a desperate crisis. Institutions–orchestras, opera companies, concert series and solo performers, even publishers and distributors, are fighting for cultural relevancy and fiscal solvency. Many are collapsing (the most recent extinction was the venerable New York City Opera which shut its doors in September, 2013, after seventy years of operation). But while the news classical music is in trouble is well known to just about everybody, almost no one is honestly telling how deep the trouble is. In this first video of the extended Refinersfire Education Blog, Michael Linton tells three disturbing stories about the condition of classical music in the 21st Century.