(hat tip: dhex, who recommended both this excellent band and this fantastic show)
While it may be true that the old classical works don’t draw the kids in droves today, there are artists out there that are using orchestral instrumentation in more modern ways.
A Winged Victory For The Sullen cross-pollinate chamber music with elements of drone and electronic/ambient music; what it may lack in overt complexity, it makes up for in attention to texture and tone, in slow-moving pieces that, by their very commitment to minimalism, can make the smallest shifts in timbre or tempo seem massive.
Take some time.
Soak it in.