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The Philadelphia Orchestra in the Palm of Your Hand!

October 02, 2014

Did you ever find yourself at a concert and wish there was somebody really knowledgeable sitting right next to you who could answer all your questions about the piece, the composer, the instruments? (Without, of course, disturbing your fellow concertgoers.) Well, your wish is our command! Introducing LiveNote™, The Philadelphia Orchestra's mobile app that puts a world of musical information at your fingertips, letting you follow the performance with real-time musical, historical, and emotional highlights. 

“The Philadelphia Orchestra has a rich legacy of being at the forefront of technical innovation, and curating new ideas is part of the very fabric of our organization,” said Philadelphia Orchestra President and CEO Allison Vulgamore. “LiveNote is the latest initiative to experiment with harnessing the power of technology in service to the power of music, and we look forward to working with our audiences as we test and evolve this long-nurtured application.”

LiveNote Display

Developed in collaboration with Drexel University engineers, LiveNote works with Android and iOS devices. It offers exclusive digital media content that takes audience members beyond the music onstage with program notes, a musical glossary, and information about the Orchestra. The display advances automatically along with the music as it’s played, giving key highlights, engaging details, and images relating to the composition.

It is intended as an intimate experience for individual users with minimal impact on others seated nearby. The application does not employ back lighting, minimizing the traditional glow of a mobile phone. It can be used throughout Verizon Hall, and its use is optional. LiveNote will be a companion to Playbill, which will continue to be distributed at all performances.

Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin hails LiveNote as “yet another option for our audiences to appreciate and enjoy the music differently.”

You can be among the first to experience LiveNote. It debuts at the Free College Concert on October 14 and the subscription concerts on October 16-18 (on two of the three pieces the Orchestra will perform: Dvořák’s The Golden Spinning Wheel and Janáček’s Glagolitic Mass.)

You can get LiveNote now! Download it from the iTunes store or Google Play. And you can learn more about LiveNote here.