Conductor/composer Paul Haas sent this as a “solutions” comment:
For our upcoming NYC concert – Tweetheart – Sympho has teamed up with the multimedia team Aytia|Matia and four intergenre composers to craft a continuous, truly multisensory evening. Sympho’s fan base has an active role in programming Tweetheart, having already sent in suggestions for love songs via Facebook and Twitter contests. The winning entries will be announced and performed (arranged for orchestra, of course!) at the concert.
This was wonderfully laconic. Sympho is Paul’s orchestra in New York, Go to their website, and you’ll see their logo, very current, very not classical music:
I haven’t heard the group, but as I browse their site, a few things are notable. First their mission statement, so to speak:
The standard classical music concert is a ritual that has remained unchanged for 150 years. The way dance and theater are performed has evolved steadily right up to the present day – even museums are constantly after new ways to bring their exhibits to life. But most classical music performance practices remain resolutely stuck in the 19th century.
Second, their description of their concerts:
Our concerts are movie-length, with a maximum level of stimuli, both auditory and visual. There is a guiding concept driving each concert and animating the music, and the whirling mix of old and new music acknowledges the lack of boundaries in our post-iPod society.
Third, the way they put their “Tweetheart” evening together:
In a collaborative spirit, Sympho teams up with multimedia dream team Aytia|Matia, as well as a group of stellar instrumentalists and singers, to present the premiere of Tweetheart. Composers Wynne Bennett, Paul Fowler, Paul Haas, and Grayson Sanders join the team to sculpt the flow of the event. Singer-songwriter Jonathan Coulton and Haitian pop star Emeline Michel will perform cameos.
Sympho’s fan base has an active role in programming Tweetheart, having already sent in suggestions for love songs via Facebook and Twitter contests. The winning entries will be announced and performed at the concert.
And finally, the “Tweetheart” program:
Purcell, Love’s Sweet Passion
Prokofiev, Balcony Scene from Romeo and Juliet
Mozart, Catalog Aria from Don Giovanni
Prince, Nothing Compares 2 U
R. Strauss, Morgen
Pergolesi, Stabat Mater
Bjork, Cover Me
Jonathan Coulton, You Ruined Everything
John Adams, Shaker Loops
Emeline Michel, Commissioned Work TBA
Etta James, At Last
Verdi, Quartet from Rigoletto, Act III
Monteverdi, Tu se’ morta
Purcell, Thy Hand, Belinda – When I Am Laid
Gluck, Dance of the Furies
Mahler, Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen
Monteverdi, Gloria Patri
The concert’s on May 22, at the Church For All Nations, 417 West 57th Street. Worth knowing about! I hope I can go.