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Roll Over, Jimi Hendrix

“Formalities must be shattered to open up classical music to a younger audience.”

Roll Over, Jimi Hendrix

“Formalities must be shattered to open up classical music to a younger audience.”

So says conductor Vladimir Jurowski, who conducts the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment Friday night at the Roundhouse in Camden (the Camden across the pond, that is, not the one across the river).

"It will be the first in a season of 'rules-free' concerts that allow audiences to talk, drink and move about in non-seated areas as they would at a rock gig," reports the London Evening Standard.

The concert will be broadcast live online from the former steam engine repair shed (pictured), which has also hosted Jimi Hendrix, The Doors, Paul McCartney, The Beastie Boys, The Who and James Brown.

Hear Jurowski on BBC Radio chatting about throwing out classical formality.  

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.

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