“A Participatory Experiment to Watch”

The Nonprofit Quarterly discusses the Detroit Symphony's "Symphony in D" project as part of a broader trend to harness technology to engage communities in arts and culture. Gone may be the days of the thought that “art is not for me,” as our arts organizations continue to engage audiences through a variety of ways beyond …

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Lucerne Festival: Fasnacht Adventure

Check out Tod Machover's post on the official Symphony for Lucerne blog about his recent Fasnacht adventure, during the annual carnival festival that overtakes the usually calm Swiss city. Here's an excerpt. Read the entire breathtaking story here. I had been prepared for the spectacle and the wild masks, but was totally blown away by the …

Detroit’s “Symphony in D” app now available

From Click On Detroit The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO), in partnership with Tod Machover at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Media Lab and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, released two free apps that allow citizens of Detroit and metropolitan locals to submit sounds and personalized mixes to the Symphony in D …

Documentary Film on “A Symphony for Toronto”

Filmmaker Roxana Spicer followed the Opera of the Future team around for the months leading up to the premiere of "A Symphony for Toronto," in March 2013. She documented the process of creating the team's first collaborative symphony orchestra piece, which can be seen in her film Urban Symphony. The idea has captured the imaginations of communities around …

Notes from Detroit

From Tod Machover's Facebook page: Was in Detroit yesterday and today to discuss a new project, and continued to meet people and discover new things about that amazing city, currently on a precipice between past and future, blight and beauty. Among the astonishing experiences was the discovery of "Hamtramck Disneyland", an urban vision built by …

Packing up for Lucerne

In a couple of days Tod Machover will be flying to Lucerne Switzerland to dig into his next "City Symphony" project, a new orchestral work commissioned by the Lucerne Festival. "A Symphony for Lucerne" will premiere on 5 September 2015, performed by the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY Orchestra, conducted by Matthias Pintscher. Please visit the project …