SoundBox is a new project by the San Francisco Symphony. It started last December with the hope of funneling that SFSO magic into a venue with different lighting, seating, drink options, and different crowds. Here’s what you’re in for:
Musicians perform in casual clothes instead of tails or black gowns, and the audience wears bow ties, fedora hats or hooded sweatshirts and jeans. Mobile device use is encouraged. And instead of receiving a printed program, attendees can learn more about the performance by downloading the club’s app.
The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) is a Swiss lobbying organization that represents interests of record companies. They work to combat music piracy. You may recall them being repeatedly antagonized by the Pirate Bay.
Professor Christina Scharff is a lecturer at King’s College London. Scharff studies how women and people of color fare in the UK’s classical music ecosystem. She’s out with a new study, and her findings are tough but not shocking.
Sara Haefeli is a professor of music history, theory & composition at Ithaca College.
Over here at The Avid Listener, Haefeli auditions the idea of a Darwinian effect in music — that is, that music and musical ideas evolve over time. Haefeli explores a couple notions — one, that music could have an “ultimate goal;” and two, that great tunes are merely mile-markers as our favorite artists march inexorably towards some final musical perfection.
Last week I joined Virginia Prescott on the New Hampshire Public Radio show Word of Mouth. It wasn’t confrontational or headline-grabbing like Frost-Nixon. We didn’t go pillar-to-post like a classic, hour-long Flair-versus-Steamboat matchup. But we did cover good ground on what orchestras, classical musicians and casual fans can do to re-energize the music.
The whole thing is 13 minutes. Feel free to hit the above link and stir it up in the comments.
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