Mobile Future

Wunnerful, Wunnerful

When the National Symphony Orchestra plays
Beethoven’s "Pastoral" Symphony tonight at Wolf Trap, some in the
audience may spend more time looking at their Blackberrys and iPhones
than conductor Emil de Cou.

The NSO is using Twitter to send text messages from de
Cou during the performance, while Wolf Trap has designated a
special area of the lawn for those receiving the tweets. The idea is to
provide interested members with a new perspective on the score
in real time.

True, "Twitter" and "symphony" may not be the most likely
pairing. But
with wireless already making life easier for farmers, teachers, senior citizens and others
in addition to the technorati crowd, there’s no
reason why it can’t spur appreciation for classical music
too.

Incidentally, you don’t have to be at Wolf Trap to
follow along.  Just go to Twitter and sign up for user
NSOatWolfTrap.