25. January 2010 · Comments Off on Wichita Symphony · Categories: Links, Symphony

At first glance it might seem like the Wichita Symphony Orchestra is trying to break with tradition.

Its last concert featured an electric violin, sound loops and improvisation. A concert in March will be synchronized to images of Norman Rockwell illustrations projected above the stage.

And concerts next weekend will feature live murder mystery theater unfolding while the orchestra plays.

A typical classical music concert it’s not. And, according to the symphony, that’s a good thing.

“It’s a way to break down the passive environment that orchestras have traditionally presented,” said Mitchell Berman, the symphony’s executive director.

Um … why did the writer write, “At first glance it might seem like the Wichita Symphony Orchestra is trying to break with tradition.”? I would suggest that at every glance it appears that way. But of course what do I know?

In any case, what do readers think about this sort of thing? Read the article and let me know! I’d love to get opinions on these concerts Wichita is doing.

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