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Classical 101

What's the Next Unusual Venue for Classical Music Concerts?

As the saying goes, a trend has been established. In recent years, we've seen live classical music performances expand beyond the concert hall and happen in bars, dance clubs, hospital lobbies, train stations, open-air produce markets, public squares and even people's living rooms. Recently, a Berlin physician and amateur piano restorer has offered his workshop as a concert venue, creating the Piano Salon Christophori concert series, according to the Wall Street Journal. Fascinated by this trend, I am now wondering, how far can it go? Where else fresh, unusual, innovative could live classical music pop-up concerts, well, pop up? Without consideration for financial or legal restrictions, here are a few thoughts:

  • In the entryway of a grocery store
  • In a laundromat
  • In the elevator of an office building
  • In the back of a bus
  • In a dental office

I've started the list, now it's your turn to add to it. Where would you be tickled to see and hear live classical music performed? Read more: In Berlin, An Old Tram Repair Shop Attracts Prestigious Musicians, Irks Agents (WSJ)

Jennifer Hambrick unites her extensive backgrounds in the arts and media and her deep roots in Columbus to bring inspiring music to central Ohio as Classical 101’s midday host. Jennifer performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Civic Orchestra of Chicago before earning a Ph.D. in musicology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.