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Esprit Orchestra weaves cellphones into its concert

Esprit Orchestra weaves cellphones into its concert

February 8, 2018
National

Devices are welcome at the tech-savvy production taking place on Feb. 11.

"The cellphone has graduated from concert irritant to instrument.

Esprit Orchestra is putting out the welcome mat for the ubiquitous personal communication device for its Feb. 11 Plug In program at Koerner Hall

“It’s a whole new world of sound,” says music director Alex Pauk of the evening’s music offerings, which include two compositions about the telephone.

Once he had picked a piece by Canadian composer Eugene Astapov featuring the first recording of Canadian inventor Alexander Graham Bell’s voice over a telephone, it wasn’t a stretch to add one by Chinese composer Tan Dun requiring audiences — and musicians — to play their cellphones..."

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Related Composers: Alex Pauk, Eugene Astapov