July 24th 2009

Beethoven: live and twittered

The National Symphony Orchestra has recently announced it will be the first orchestra to deliver real-time program notes via Twitter during its upcoming performance of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6.The orchestra’s said that its performance will be in its concert on July 30, and plans to be accompanied by  text messages written by the conductor Emil de Cou, highlighting the various  sections and movements within the classic work, including rattling carriage wheels and singing birds.

In a statement, Mr. de Cou described the Twitter commentary “an adult musical pop-up book written for first timers and concert veterans alike.”

The feed for the performance, held at the Filene Center at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts, in Vienna, Va., can be found at: www.twitter.com/nsoatwolftrap.

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