Who takes their iPod to the symphony?

…some of tonight’s NSO patrons, apparently.

The National Symphony Orchestra and Wolftrap have produced a podcast to accompany tonight’s program, called “Fantastic Planet: A Symphonic Video Spectacular.”

The program features video footage of assorted geological wonders from around the world, accompanied by ecologically-themed classical selections played by the orchestra. Patrons choosing to add the podcast to their experience will hear conductor Emile de Cou in one ear, providing notes and commentary on the pieces he is conducting.

Not being much of an expert on music, I would probably find this kind of option really helpful and educational, and I know some music geeks who would probably be interested in it as well. In any case, it’s an unexpected way to extend the concert-going experience for those who enjoy a more guided approach to classical music without spoiling it for those who don’t- just remember to keep the volume low enough that no one around you can hear it.

I’d be interested to hear from anyone who tries this out- report back and let us know what you think!

1 Comment so far

  1. jt (unregistered) on August 2nd, 2007 @ 11:42 pm

    I just got back from trying it out with friends on the lawn. what fun! helped me gain lotsa insight into music and video I knew little about to begin with. probably isn’t for everyone, but i loved it. gotta go now and hit the itunes classical section.

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