So the big question for me is how far is technology going to influence the things around us. It is clear that every time we look around most things are powered by the latest technology. Some businesses say they will do fine without but I have this question. What will you do 5 years from now when the rest of the world has gone to an extent of their dealings with you?
“It sometimes seems as though the world of classical music doesn’t change. Most of the music is from a canon that may be hundreds of years old; most of the time the musicians are still formally clad, the men in the evening dress of a century ago.
In one important area, however, new ways of doing things are starting to appear. Technology is changing the ways in which musicians rehearse and perform.
Pianist Kirill Gerstein sparked intermission discussions late last year when he performed Thomas Adès concerto “Seven Days” with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra using an iPad with a wireless foot pedal in lieu of a conventional score.
In an interview, Gerstein said he’s been using his iPad for 2½ years, the first, he thinks, among classical pianists. He uses it with contemporary music, where memorization is not expected, and in chamber music.
The tablet has practical advantages: It…
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