Why my eyes should be on crowd?
If I play Music - I care about Music, not crowd.
I do not bother if I am connecting or not.
Music itself could connect, or not.
Someone who want to please crowd may not produce Music.
Music and Look are two different things.
Yes - it is nice to have a good look - but is it really about Music?
Memorization is good skill to have, but not necessity to play any piece of Music. It is not important at all - memorized or not - as long as it played with Power, Passion and Spirit!
Maybe that is one of the reason why sales and listens of the "classical" music falling .. - because Music industry overwhelmingly oriented on a kind of the "young, beauty contest winner/sportsmen s" kind musicians who look and behave nice on stage (who cares if they could deeply interpret or create their own Music?) - another reason that musician maybe became very disconnected with Music itself, because majority will play everything according to the rules and ways of their Teachers as many others, therefore it will make Music not coming from inside of them, but more like imposed on them...so they do not believe in Music themselves and this way do not transport it's power on listeners..
By the way, again - I am not really "against memorization" ... but I am against an idea that memorization is "only way" to make Music sounds beautiful... that's all...