The second set of the New York Philharmonic’s CONTACT! series is going on this Friday and Saturday, and so it’s time once again to point out the interesting and imaginative things they are doing to develop new music, new audiences and new media.
As teasers, the Phil has a set of videos of those involved, composers and performers alike (and it’s notable that both Maestro Gilbert and Artist in Residence Thomas Hampson are dedicating their efforts to the concerts), talking about the music and what to listen for:
The Phil Twitter feed is also offering ongoing insights into what’s going on in rehearsal, which is like overhearing just enough to be interested in hearing more.
If you can’t make the concert, tune into this site Friday at around 8:00PM, as the Phil has invited humble writers like myself to live-blog from the concert. There won’t be any audio, but in lieu of the standard method of mulling over my notes and memory for a few days and writing an analytical review, I’ll be describing the music as it goes along, and responding in the moment – this is brand new work which I’ll be hearing for the first time. Then follow up with Q2 next week, when they’ll be broadcasting the concert recording. The internet may be killing the music industry, but music making is alive and well.