During a conventional classical concert everyone has a clear task. The musicians play under the direction of the conductor on the stage of a concert hall, the audience in the hall listens attentively, preferably without coughing and clapping at the wrong moments. This division of roles originated in the nineteenth century and still works well for those who want to enjoy a traditional concert. In recent years, many orchestras, including philharmonie zuidnederland, have also been looking for alternatives to the concert ritual. For example, to appeal to young people or to involve concert visitors in new ways in their concerts.
How can the public participate more actively in programming, performing and evaluating the concerts? To answer that question, philharmonie zuidnederland organised four experimental concert events during the season 2019-2020, together with students of the Conservatory Maastricht and researchers from the MCICM. During the experiments we tried out how classical music can work in situations other than the concert hall.