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How to Host Your Own Virtual Listening Party


Do you miss hearing live music together with your friends?
We do, too!
 

Miller Theatre’s Live from Columbia video series offers the perfect opportunity to connect meaningfully with others through a shared live music experience. Follow these steps below to host your own Virtual Listening Party. 


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STEP 1 — MAKE A GUEST LIST

Choose a small gathering of friends that you would like to invite to experience and discuss this concert with afterwards. Gather their email addresses for the next step.

 

 

STEP 2 — SEND AN EMAIL INVITATION

Invite your guests to join you for a Virtual Listening Party! Make the invitation very clear on what they need to do to join. Don’t forget to include: Date & Time, Link to the Video Premiere, Link to your own Zoom meeting to join for post-concert conversation, and RSVP details if you’d like to know who is coming.

 

STEP 3 — SEND AN EMAIL REMINDER

Remind your guests the morning of your Virtual Listening Party by resending the invitation with all of the details.
 

 

STEP 4 — WATCH, ENJOY & DISCUSS

Tune in to the premiere of the performance, and then head over to host your Zoom chat with your guests. To help guide your discussion, we will post some suggested questions for each performance below.


 

Suggested Questions for Conversations

for November 17 - Mariel Roberts, cello

 

• Did you already know about any of the pieces on this program before listening to this performance?
 

• The cello is a versatile stringed instrument, with a broad range that spans powerful low notes and high notes. How did different areas of this range show up similarly or differently in each work?
 

• In music, much like viewing a piece of art or reading a book, you may have an initial reaction upon your first encounter that evolves after repeated listening. How did each of these pieces resonate with you just now, and what do you think you might hear differently if you listened again and became more familiar with the music?
 

• The music on this program spans over 300 years, and Bach’s Cello Suites and Saint-Saëns’ The Swan are classic pieces for cello. Does hearing this music alongside contemporary works give you a different appreciation or insight about them?
 

• If you could ask any of the composers about their work, what would you ask?