Good music is a matter of opinion. When reacting to music our perception also makes it illuminating and fascinating; as we repeatedly contemplate it from a wide variety of different perspectives, one and the same piece can be experienced in a number of different ways, depending on who interprets it and where we hear it. Isn’t our sensitivity also influenced by what music has been played immediately before? It can also be very exciting to hear something without any foreknowledge of what it is – whether it’s two close girl friends playing the latest big hit for one another on the schoolyard or Mariss Jansons presenting a mystterious “surprise piece” to the audience at his concerts, as he has planned to do during the 2015/2016 season.
As diverse as the perception of music might be, the way we express that perception in words can also be just as diverse – especially in a period when communication forms keep perpetually changing and expanding. Against this background t we have ventured to undertake an experiment with this brochure, which introduces the 2015/2016 season. In cooperation with the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung’s “Young People Write” project, we invited students between the ages of 14 and 19 to spend a day or more with the orchestra amd then write down their impressions. The results were just as touching as they were amusing evoking some surprising verbal “snapshots”we hope you will enjoy reading.
We kept our graphic counterpoint in a traditional format contrasting with this completely different kind of text, “screenshots” from the Facebook pages of the orchestra, its conductors, its musician s and its friends. They capture productive moments in a virtual space, in which we call the user’s attention to viewing images from a number of different perspectives. This way the dialogue between pictures and text evokes a whole series of stories and communicates the spontaneous emotionality from which they came about. Today, the presence of an orchestra on social on-line media is just a matter of course. Especially among younger classical music lovers, this can forge an emotional bond with the orchestra and its musicians – most of the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks’ international Facebppl “friends” can be found in the age group between 18 and 34 years!
In the final analysis, this is all about arousing curiosity about and enthusiasm for the orchestra and its concerts, because regardless of the communication – experiencing music in the thrilling atmosphere of a packed concert hall still speaks the strongest language. That’s how we see it.