Concertino for Cellular Phones and Orchestra

David Baker, Distinguished Professor of Music at Indiana University, has decided “if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em.” He has composed a piece of music that includes the one sound most musicians hate to hear during their performances — cell phones ringing.

The concertino calls for the audience and members of the orchestra’s percussion section to utilize their cellular phones at various points throughout the piece. Audience members will be divided into different sections and cued with red and green lights to turn on and off their phones. They will also be encouraged to randomly increase and decrease the volume of their ring tones and try to recognize familiar tune fragments on the ring tones sounding on orchestra members’ cell phones, Baker said.

It’s premiere will be October 1st and 2nd at the Chicago Sinfonietta. They even have a commercial for this piece on their website — but it probably won’t be there long.

[from Live at IU/Media Relations]


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