Denver Philharmonic uses Twitter to connect audience with classical music

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DENVER -- Classical music has a reputation for being stuffy and buttoned up, but the Denver Philharmonic Orchestra is using technology to change that.

They've started a program that encourages a behavior that is normally discouraged at most classical music concerts.

Usually when a classical music concert begins, people are asked to turn off their cellphones and fine-tune their manners.

But the audience at the Denver Philharmonic doesn’t seem to know what that means.

That’s because the orchestra has made a minor adjustment, starting a program where live tweets are being sent out during the show. The introduction of social media allows people to find out about the music they’re listening to, as well as the musicians themselves.

Kornel Thomas, the associate conductor with the Denver Philharmonic, is the man behind the live tweets.

Thomas shares music trivia, and even answers audience questions during the show. He says the point is to help break down the barriers between the audience and the musicians, and to make classical music more accessible and approachable.

“We’re trying to break rules that have been built over the last 100 years,” Thomas said. “We’re trying to reach new audiences, and engage the audience in a different, new way.”

Besides tweeting, Denver Philharmonic concert programs can also now be downloaded onto your mobile device.

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