MusicNOW on Monday was the most crowded I’ve seen.
It raised the bar for some while raising the ire of others.
For while it drew a crowd, it also drew criticisms for its use of video projections.
The screen was present from before the concert started, showing, like at a movie theater, previews of what’s to come.
Before each piece, the screen highlighted the name of the piece and its composer before showing a 2 paragraph biography. After the audience had read, together but silently, the screen showed a black & white video of each composer in their natural habitat talking about their piece.
Then, the composers came out with Anna Clyne or Mason Bates, ostensibly to clarify a point they made in the video—often merely repeating the point.
I like the idea in theory but it needs some work in practice.
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