It had six hours to get the word out. The Orchestra alerted the media and took to Twitter with the hashtag #PhilOrchFreePopUp. The Kimmel Center was packed by showtime, said Orchestra president and CEO Allison Vulgamore.
“We were trending that day,” she said.
Vulgamore, speaking at the Campus Philly Annual Meeting on a panel about arts, technology and business, said that social media has been an incredible way for the Orchestra to communicate with its younger audience.
Vulgamore’s not the only Twitter fan: so is the Orchestra’s “young, hot” conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Vulgamore said.
“He’s a Twitter fiend. Sometimes I wonder if he’s actually conducting rehearsal.”
Attracting a younger audience has been a priority for years at the orchestra, once one of the world’s most celebrated and now regaining its footing after lean years, and the Kimmel Center has been a friend before.
The Orchestra is also working on a project with Drexel to create a “GPS for concerts,” Vulgamore said. It’ll help audience members follow the music by drawing their attention to the musicians that are playing, say, a specific solo at the moment. It’s one way the Orchestra wants to use technology to make the arts more accessible, she said.