Philharmonic 360


Got something to do at 2:00 EST today?


Good. Then I have something for you to watch. Every once in awhile an orchestra tries something adventurous with their programming. Sometimes it works out, sometimes not. In this case of the New York Philharmonic and their new Philharmonic 360 program, I think it might. For those of you who are not familiar, Philharmonic 360 is an attempt by the NY Phil to take advantage of an unorthodox space to program highly spacial music. It looks something like this:

Cool, right?

The program consists of Gabrieli, Boulez, Mozart Ives and Stockhausen and is designed around the aspect of space and direction. The Gabrieli features Brass coming from opposing balconies in a sort of Baroque Cathedral effect and the Mozart is a semi-staged performance of excerpts from Don Giovanni. The Boulez, Stockhausen and Ives are all pieces specifically designed to be performed by separate groups located at different angles.

Was it be successful?

The jury is out, but the fact that the first performances sold out well in advance indicates this is an adventure worth taking.


As an addendum, if you are a student in the DC area Consortium you can use the link at the top of the page. For everyone else, you can find the stream here.