It is a great idea to have students report on a current event in the string world. This is something I will share with my colleagues.
Your reference to strings and the real world reminds of the presentation Yo Yo Ma did last year at the Americans for the Arts Conference. This presentation can easily be found on the Americans for the Arts website. If you’ve not seen it – it’s great and includes some interesting non-traditional performances.
Yo Yo Ma reminds us that societies are powered by three engines, the economic engine, the political engine and the cultural engine. Certainly he has spent quite a bit of his life’s work making some amazing and unique musical and non-musical connections.