Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Don't Bring Down the House!

I am all for coming up with new ways to encourage concert audiences. However, this dispatch from Reuters raised at least one of my eyebrows:

Milan's Gothic cathedral will hold its first rooftop classical music concerts this year, officials said on Monday.

The Veneranda Fabbrica del Duomo, the organization responsible since 1387 for overseeing the Duomo, said the five concerts will feature a 60-piece orchestra and choir performing about 50 meters (165 feet) above the ground.

The roof is one of Milan's top tourist attractions, with views stretching north to the snow-capped Alps.

"It is absolutely the first time in more than six centuries. When I was planning the concerts it was a surprise no one had ever done it (before)," Gianni Baratta, the project's artistic director, said after a news conference.

The music for this year's concerts from June 10 to July 15 will feature 19th century Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi.

The 500 tickets for the first concert will go to guests of the Duomo, sponsors and the public, who can enter an online draw for free entry. The Duomo is the second biggest church in Italy after St. Peter's in Rome.

One can only hope that someone has done the necessary calculations to estimate the strength of this roof and the stresses it will have to endure. This is one series of concerts whose success should not be gauged by whether or not the performance brings down the house!

1 comment:

Dan said...

I think they should perform hanging upside down from the eaves. I'm surprised no one has thought of that before.