|New York Times Raves about First Pop-Up!|
|Where the Modern Classical Audience Can Relax With a Beer and a Seat Onstage
by Anthony Tommasini
The New York Times
February 8, 2012
"It is not often that audience members entering a classical music concert are carded at the door. But late on Tuesday afternoon,
as people lined up to attend the kickoff program of Pop Up!, the Miller Theater‘s new series of free, informal hourlong contemporary-music programs, an usher checked IDs. Free beer, provided by the Harlem Brewing Company, and wine, courtesy of the Miller Theater, were available to those of legal drinking
age who, just as at a dance club, were given wristbands.
The program, “Musical Experiments,” featured the dynamic JACK Quartet and two members of Ensemble Signal: the violinist Courtney Orlando and the cellist Lauren Radnofsky. The series is the latest initiative of Melissa Smey, the director of the Miller Theater, to “bring audiences closer to the music,” as she said in welcoming remarks. About 90 chairs were set up on the stage, with the audience surrounding the players.
Lanterns hanging overhead gave the stage the feeling of a salon. The doors opened at 5:30, and the chairs were immediately filled, with the overflow audience taking seats in the hall."(Read More)
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