As someone firmly convinced that Western civilization is hemorrhaging before our eyes, I do not see many positive developments in the world. However, City Journal‘s Heather MacDonald gives us one contemporary blessing for which to be thankful in “Classical Music’s New Golden Age.” MacDonald examines the vitality of the classical music scene throughout the world and argues for its prominence in the near future while also debunking or modifying some of the reasons for the widespread pessimism concerning the state of high cultural music. She also reports on the explosion of interest in early music and even mentions some of the groups that I love. The article delighted me and gave me hope. The barbarians are ever at the gate, but we have survived and flourished nonetheless. May such continue for many millennia more.