The University of Michigan-Flint Jazz Ensemble is encouraging the use of social media at its up-coming concert on Wednesday, December 9, at 7:30 PM in the University Theatre.
This concert will have the added feature of "Twittering" during the program. Interested members of the audience are encouraged to bring a laptop computer or web browser so that they may Tweet during the concert their questions, comments or dialogue about the music. Other members of the audience will be able to follow along with those on Twitter at http://twitter.com/UMFlintMusic and on a screen near the stage.
"Having an active discussion about both the content and history of the pieces being performed will add to the audience's appreciation and understanding of the music," said Brian DiBliassio, director of the UM-Flint Jazz Ensemble. "The program will travel through Duke Ellington, to 70s funk, to a composition from a modern-day violinist that will be realized with a guitar trio. Since the material encompasses a wide range of jazz, guided thoughts and insight will be a welcome addition."
Chris Heidenreich, Ph.D., faculty member of the Department of Music, will be leading the discussion on Twitter.
"In the past, I have seen students texting during concerts, and I wondered if I could find some way to bring them back to the event, while making the program more meaningful and interesting," said Heidenreich. "I am hoping that the audience and students in attendance can share their thoughts and communicate about the music that is happening in real time, instead of after the concert."
Heidenreich stated he hoped to provide some more background into the music and the composers, but will rely on the participants to direct the discussion. "I have some ideas to generate and shift the discussion, but it's my hope that while someone is actively listening to the program, they are thinking about what is occurring and willing to share with others."
For further information, please contact the department at 810-762-3300, or visit them on the web at http://www.umflint.edu/music/. Tickets are $5 and available at the door on the night of the performance.