June 18, 2004
Visual enhancement to live classical music

In another creative effort to popularize classical music, the New York Philharmonic Orchestra has gone in new directions: Not subtitling of opera, but live video feed and written commentary to the audience's Pocket PCs. Cool: BBC: Classical concerts go digital:

The Concert Companion is the 21st Century's version of programme notes - a hand-held computer which displays commentary on the music being performed, as it is being played, with real-time video.

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Mr Valliere said the successful use of surtitles in opera and audio guides at museums made him realise that classical music concerts could also benefit from something that informed people about their experience as it happened.

See also this article from MercuryNews from August last year (via Gizmodo)

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