Friday, February 27, 2009

Cirque de la Symphonie

For me, the debate always returns to whether or not orchestras should involve extraneous performers or acts to glitz up the concert. Does this take away from the music itself? Is this somehow a way to get those not interested in classical music to attend? Or, is this a way to make the symphony orchestra more approachable, not so lofty in its aim and intentions? As evidenced by the full house that night, this concert was a giant success, and those who do not normally attend BSO concerts were drawn by its appeal. I'll have to attend another pops concert for more "research," but in the meantime, it's certainly safe to say I had a good time.

The College Night reception had good food and great prizes. A Hopkins student won the Baltimore harbor cruise in the raffle and just about flipped her lid with excitement. The gymnasts came out for the concert and mingled through the crowd. (Pictures are up on the BSO fan page.) I heard through the grapevine that all the student tickets were sold out for that concert, so you might want to get your $10 tickets for April's Romeo and Radiohead concert early!

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