For its March 27 “Passion and Fury” concert of Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 and Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 10, the Southwest Florida Symphony invited members of the audience to bring a laptop, iPhone, or PDA to use during the concert. Concertgoers at the orchestra’s first “Glow in the Dark Club” concert could sit in a designated section of the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall in Fort Myers and turn on their devices to receive real-time program notes in a Webinar transmitted via the theater’s high-speed wireless connection. Tickets to the concert were $20; purchasers who mentioned “glow in the dark” when buying tickets were given the password to access the Webinar and download the software needed for the presentation. Music Director Michael Hall provided the spoken concert commentary, which included program notes and visual enhancement. Future “Glow in the Dark Club” performances will be announced after the orchestra receives audience feedback on the first concert.
Posted April 13, 2010