Friday, October 24, 2014
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Music out the window and on the street

All of classical music is looking to freshen the concert format - flash opera, rush-hour performances, pop-up serenades. Philadelphia, with its row-home urban fabric, might look at this format, written about by the New York Times. The author caught a window concert in Brooklyn Heights. The piano was turned with the back toward an open window, and chairs for listeners were set up just outside. Read about it here.

Music out the window and on the street

All of classical music is looking to freshen the concert format - flash opera, rush-hour performances, pop-up serenades. Philadelphia, with its row-home urban fabric, might look at this format, written about by the New York Times. The author caught a window concert in Brooklyn Heights. The piano was turned with the back toward an open window, and chairs for listeners were set up just outside. Read about it here.

Of course, it works only for ensembles of a certain size. For a marching band - say, a Turkish marching band - you really need to close the street, which is exactly what's happening Wednesday between 5 and 7 p.m. at South and Passyunk. Thirty-three members of the Turkish Mehter band, based in Bursa, will be performing on traditional instruments: the kös (a giant timpani), nakare (a small kettledrum), davul (a bass drum), zil (cymbals), kaba zurna (a bass zurna), boru (a relative of the trumpet), and cevgen (a stick with small concealed bells).

Peter Dobrin Inquirer Classical Music Critic
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Peter Dobrin is a classical music critic and culture writer for The Inquirer. Since 1989, he has written music reviews, features, news and commentary for the paper, covering such topics as the Philadelphia Museum of Art at the Venice Biennale, expansion of the Curtis Institute of Music, the Philadelphia Orchestra's bankruptcy declaration in 2011, Philadelphia's evolving performing arts center and the general health of arts and culture.

Dobrin was a French horn player. He earned an undergraduate degree in performance from the University of Miami, and received a master's degree in music criticism from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, where he studied with Elliott Galkin. He has no time to practice today.

Reach Peter at pdobrin@phillynews.com.

Peter Dobrin Inquirer Classical Music Critic
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