Open Air Concerts Present Classical Music Pieces to Listen and Enjoy
Open air outdoor concerts are a great opportunity to find out:
Do I like to listen to classical music?
Is classical music something I enjoy?
Watching a live performance is very different from listening to a recording.
The music videoclipabove is from an open air music concert of classical and opera music. The concert took place on May 2, 2008 in Rynok Square, Lviv, Ukraine.
The Lviv Festival Orchestra is performing The Carpathian Rhapsody by Lev Kolodub. Myron Yusypovych conducts.
Open Air Concerts in Lviv Have Become a Popular Tradition
Once again, over five thousand people had the opportunity to listen to a grand Gala Concert on Rynok Square, in the old center of Lviv. The occasion was the yearly City of Lviv Commemorative Celebrations that took place on May 9, 2009.
We can now safely state that such open air concerts are a tradition in Lviv. They are a wonderful addition to this truly European city.
The crowd of thousands at Rynok Square reacted with bursts of emotion and enthusiastic applause to the music of The Marriage of Figaro, Carmen, Ruslan and Ludmilla, Madama Butterfly and Cavalleria Rusticana. Such explosions of passion can usually only be seen and heard at rock-concerts. Interestingly, many of the people, who listened with such enthusiasm to the symphony orchestra and the opera singers had previously, neither attended a symphony concert, nor an opera performance. For me, this is most interesting and leads to certain possibilities.
At the end of the program, this assembly of five thousand had the opportunity to participate. Together with the opera soloists and accompanied by the symphony orchestra, the audience sang a popular and well-known Ukrainian song. This was my first experience conducting such a large “choir”.
For me, the issue now is whether this “multitude” can be persuaded to become an “audience” within the halls of the Philharmonic or the Opera House? Personally, I am convinced that this is possible. But, we need to be honest with them. We must offer high quality performers and performances. Then, and only then, will we be able to “convert” them to, what for them is an unknown – classical music.
(Myron Yusypovych blog entry – May 9, 2009)
Outdoor Open Air Concerts of Classical Music Are Often Free