Houston Symphony offers Twitter program notes

Posted on: June 17, 2010

In Wednesday’s (6/16) Houston Chronicle, Tara Dooley writes, “The Houston Symphony will be asking audience members Thursday to please turn on their cell phones. You heard it right; turn ‘em on. Or, at least, please turn on the smart phones. After years of insisting that the audience shut down electronic devices before the conductor raises the baton, the symphony is encouraging its audience to stay logged on for the Houston Symphony’s first ‘Tweetcert.’ Listeners with access to Twitter will be able to view tweet-size tidbits of information about Bernstein and Ravel as the orchestra performs the composers’ works. … Though the Miller concert is the Houston Symphony’s first attempt at using Twitter to update audiences, other symphonies have done similar experiments. At Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts in Virginia last summer, the National Symphony Orchestra used Twitter updates for a performance of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6. … In Houston, the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra uses text messages as a regular part of the concerts, said executive director and principal oboe player Alecia Lawyer.”

Posted June 17, 2010