In today's Washington Post: The NSO Twitters Beethoven's "Pastoral" at Wolf Trap, by Anne Midgette.
My basic argument in this piece is that the classical music field tends to fear so-called "new technology" even as it attempts to embrace it, because the field's general idea about "new technology" isn't actually very sophisticated: it usually equates it with video projections during concerts and/or anything related to the Internet. Whereas there are so many things that could be done with technology to enhance the concert experience in various ways; and some groups really are exploring that. (I've just given away the gist of the thing, but go ahead and read it anyway.)
So here's the question: what is your view of the use of new media and new technologies in concert? Are you concerned that this kind of thing leads us down the slippery slope toward the pablum of the Classical Brits or "lite" classic radio? Or do you see a place for video projections, streamed concerts, or various initiatives -- like this Twitter foray -- intended to furnish audiences with more information about what they're hearing, and possibly help guide them in? This tends to be a pretty divisive question for music lovers; I'd be interested to hear what you think.
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