Dayton Philharmonic offers new Internet concerts

Posted on: February 27, 2009

The Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra has announced a partnership with WDPR, a public radio station based in Dayton, Ohio, to simultaneously stream previously recorded DPO concerts to the Internet as they are being aired on the radio. The first concert streamed at dpr.org under the arrangement, on February 21 at 10 a.m., was a concert recorded in December 2008, “Portrait: William Grant Still.” Streaming of broadcasts takes place in real time; it is not on-demand streaming and is not downloadable. However, because broadcasts are streamed through the Internet, they are available anywhere, far beyond the station’s usual range. “Web-streaming of concert broadcasts is the first step in our New Media Initiative,” said Executive Director Paul Helfrich in a statement earlier in February, adding that the orchestra hopes to “significantly expand” its online presence.