'Concertino for Cell Phones' Draws in Audience Last night, the Chicago Sinfonietta began its season with a ring. The ensemble performed David Baker's "Concertino for Cell Phones and Orchestra." The unique piece combined traditional orchestration with an element of audience participation.
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'Concertino for Cell Phones' Draws in Audience

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'Concertino for Cell Phones' Draws in Audience

'Concertino for Cell Phones' Draws in Audience

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Last night, the Chicago Sinfonietta began its season with a ring. The ensemble performed David Baker's "Concertino for Cell Phones and Orchestra." The unique piece combined traditional orchestration with an element of audience participation.

STEVE INSKEEP, host:

A Chicago orchestra began its performance last night with a sound it would normally be considered an interruption - the sound of cell phones.

(Soundbite of Concertino for Cell Phones and Orchestra)

INSKEEP: The Chicago Sinfonietta was performing composer David Baker's Concertino for Cell Phones and Orchestra. Audience members were invited to turn on their cell phones. Before the performance, conductor Paul Freeman explained how the audience might take part.

Mr. PAUL FREEMAN (Founding Music Director, Chicago Sinfonietta): When you see the red light, that's for you to perform your ring tone. You may use as much imagination or as little as you like.

INSKEEP: Crowd imagination and participation aside, the night's most audible ring tones were performed by the musicians on stage.

(Soundbite of Concertino for Cell Phones and Orchestra)

INSKEEP: If you fear you missed your opportunity to ring in the adventuresome performance, well fear not because the Chicago Sinfonietta will be performing Concertino for Cell Phones and Orchestra once again tonight.

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