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Tweeting at Wolf Trap

In today's Washington Post: Rebecca J. Ritzel reports on the NSO's attempt to Tweet Beethoven's Pastoral from Wolf Trap.

If you're interested, read yesterday's blog post and article as well -- some commenters have weighed in with their own experiences of last night's concert.

By Anne Midgette  |  July 31, 2009; 11:10 AM ET
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I think the idea of giving the audience info re the music during its playing is a great idea and will help us appreciate the music more -- but doing it via tweets doesn't work well -- too hard and too few people get it -- how about surtitles -- works great for opera (after folks got used to it) and is easy to read in real time with the music and folks who think they know it all can ignore them

would have worked well last night and would also have been great to have them during the recent Carmina Burana

congrats to the symphony and emil de cou for trying a new idea

Posted by: rwilsonnes | July 31, 2009 2:00 PM | Report abuse

I wasn't there -- I have mixed feelings about Wolf Trap: they did a wonderful job of presenting a Handel opera at the Barns, but they blasted the living daylights out of everyone at a different venue. It is really a middlebrow venture, a place intending to make people feel they have had a cultural experience, whether they have had one or not. However, the notion of the NSO tweeting conjures an imagine in my mind of someone in plaid bermuda shorts, black socks and shoes, playing with a hula hoop in an effort to be "with it". Reaching out to educate the public, even musically knowleadgable audiences, is a worthwhile effort. But such a thing is better done in other ways. For example, by allowing ticket buyers to download the musical score for the concert, with an explanatory lecture featuring illustrative excerpts of the music and, even, selling a download of the concert so people can listen to it and acquire some familiarity with the performance, other than a one-night stand. There are many variants on such an approach, and all might be worth trying, and might help make the orchestra more profitable. But spraying out BS in 140 characters or less isn't going to do it.

Posted by: gauthier310 | August 1, 2009 12:12 PM | Report abuse

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