In Sunday’s (10/5) New York Times, Laura Parker previews Mythos, a concert at New York’s 92nd Street Y “programmed as part of the festival leading up to this year’s New York Comic Con, the annual pop culture fan convention.” The concert, produced by cellist Peter Sachon and film and videogame composer Austin Wintory, featured a 16-piece chamber orchestra and choir and includes “contemporary classical works along with music from film, television and video games…. The idea is based on a similar concert Mr. Wintory conducted in Los Angeles in 2011.… Jesse Rosen, the president and CEO of the League of American Orchestras, said an increasing number of orchestras were taking measures to attract new audiences.… ‘The partnerships we’re seeing between orchestras and dance companies, and the inclusion of film and game music in their programming—this is all driven by the natural impulse of creative people who want to continue to expand their talent,’ he said.” Sachon notes, “It’s a lot easier to highlight Beethoven if you put it alongside a film or video game score that has resonance to the modern listener, who may not even want to go to an orchestra in the first place.”

Posted October 7, 2014