New on SymphonyNOW: “Thru-line” inundates subway riders with Bach

Posted on: January 13, 2012

Alex Ross referred to it as “a subliminal Bachian occupation.” This week on SymphonyNOW the League’s own James Holt, a composer, reflects on Thru-line, a project he co-produced as part of Make Music Winter in which musicians stationed at every F-train platform from Queens to Brooklyn performed the Prelude from Bach’s G-Major Cello Suite. They played nonstop for an hour, giving riders the chance to hear the piece not only while waiting for the train but at every stop along the way to their destination. The project generated buzz in traditional media as well as on the blogosphere.

What is the future of music criticism? This week we spotlight the Stephen and Cynthia Rubin Institute for Music Criticism at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, a daring new initiative at a time when traditional media outlets are cutting back on arts coverage.

SymphonyNOW is the League’s new, online-only publication that provides timely stories about orchestras every week. You’ll find SymphonyNOW on the right-hand side of the Hub homepage.

Posted January 13, 2012