InsideOut concerts, with audience among musicians

Posted on: December 20, 2019

“Audience members file into a concert hall at the DiMenna Center for Classical Music in Manhattan. They take their seats—not in orderly rows, but among orchestra members,” writes David Dunavin in last Tuesday’s (12/12) WSHU radio (Westport, CT). “Conductor David Bernard … the musical director of the Park Avenue Chamber Symphony … started the InsideOut series in 2015. He realized lots of people fell in love with classical music because at some point in their lives, they got to hear it from the inside. ‘Whether they played in a band or orchestra, sang in a chorus … it’s an amazing experience.’ … And where you sit changes your experience. Audience members who sit by a violinist, for instance, can hear that violinist bright and clear…. Daniel Leon brought his 12-year-old daughter, Ella. She loves classical music, even though she says her friends don’t. But she thinks even they would love this…. ‘If we want to find a way to attract more of that generation to classical music, we gotta experiment with more ways of feeling and experiencing the music like we heard here tonight,’ says Daniel.” Connecticut’s Greenwich Symphony Orchestra will perform an InsideOut concert of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony in January.