Classical Musicians to Break with Tradition and Speak to the Audience

November 12, 2018

In the world of classical music, musicians traditionally say nothing and a reverend hush descends on the auditorium when the conductor taps his baton.

All that is about to change with a groundbreaking new approach by the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (OAE), whose musicians will soon be breaking their silence to speak to the crowd. The OAE plans to introduce talking on stage in a radical move towards what it hopes will become “a new, less formal concert hall culture”.

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Video Game Music as an Introduction to Classical Music for Children

September 4, 2018

James Williams, managing director at the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO), said that computer games are an important  “access point” for youngsters to experience classical music for the first time.

Earlier this year, the RPO worked with Play Station to create a concert program dedicated to popular computer game music.

“That attracted a fascinating audience, many of whom had never been to a live concert before,” he said. “There is a whole spectrum of new opportunities for orchestras.”

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Music and the Brain: How Does Music Play Us?

August 22, 2018

Donald Robin, professor and chair of the communications sciences and disorders department, came to the University of New Hampshire from the University of Texas at San Antonio. His brain-music research involved scanning the brains of Grammy-Award-winning jazz musicians to determine what parts of the brain “light up” during improvisation, what regions of the brain communicate to each other and what regions are silent. Robin’s recent research focused on how music illuminates learning with kindergartners at the Seacoast Charter School in Dover.

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