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[re-posted from Innovative Ideas in Performance & Pedagogy]

Participatory Music-Making Part 1: An Introduction to the Discussion

by Jonathan Kuuskoski on April 15, 2011

Do you ever have that “active audience” conversation? The one about the pros and cons of transforming classical music events into mash-ups that focus on audience participation? It seems like a buzzing topic these days, what with groups like Knight Arts “Random Acts of Culture” and Elizabeth Streb’s Brooklyn-based STREB making splashes by touching ad hoc performances and surprising feats of artistic daredevilry. I have personally experienced the power of such ideas in action through NEW MUSE’s launch event, the surprise flash-mob performance at the Dane County Farmer’s Market on 9/11/2010…

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