Spirits were high – and so too were the seats at Musica Viva’s first Tweet Seat concert.

City Recital Hall Angel Place

February 24, 2014

The Kelemen Quartet’s final Sydney performance saw Musica Viva Australia introduce their Tweet Seat initiative. A Tweet Seat, costing less than a regular student rush ticket, gives MVA’s twitterati the opportunity to tweet during the concert, providing a live-feed for the event.

While the events surrounding the evenings concert were rather unfortunate (cellist fractures wrist in collision with surfer), it provided the refreshing opportunity to hear solo, duo and trio works for strings by composers including Mozart, Bartók, Leclair and Kodály. The Quartet even managed to include a smaller work of Ross Edwards, instead of the programmed string quartet that was specially commissioned for their Australian tour.

Understandably, there will be audience members who aren’t yet ready to have a tweeting-throng dispersed amongst them. Fortunately the City Recital Hall’s third level proved to be the perfect nesting box for MVA’s tweeters – roosting them high above the traditional concertgoers. 

Here’s some highlights from what MVA’s Sydney flock of fowl-mouthed followers had to say:

On Mozart’s Duo for Violin and Viola in B flat major, K424:

On Bartók’s Sonata for Solo Violin, Sz117:

On Leclair’s Sonata for two violins in G major, Op 3 No. 1:

On Edwards’ Ecstatic Dances:

On Kodály’s Serenade Op 12 for two violins and viola:

The Quartet’s Barnabás Kelemen received quite a lot of attention throughout the evening:

And finally, some general commentary from the evening:

Tweet Seat tweets can be found by searching #musicaviva2014 on Twitter.

Elisabeth Murdoch Hall
February 25, 2014

Sadly, #ifbarnabaswasafruit didn’t happen at Musica Viva’s second tweet seat event. The musicaviva2014 hashtag saw considerably less tweeting than the previous night, but Melbourne’s MVA twitterati who flocked to the Elisabeth Murdoch Hall didn’t disappoint!

The final Tweet Seat event for the Kelemen Quartet’s Australian tour will take place in Canberra on March 5, 2014.
Llewellyn Hall
March 5, 2014
For their final performance on their Australian tour, the Kelemen Quartet performed at the ANU's Llewllyn Hall last night. Although #ifbarnabaswasafruit didn't happen, Canberra's twitterati certainly made sure #musicaviva2014 happened!

Tweet Seat tickets will be available for the Sitkovetsky Trio March 20-April 10. Full details yet to be announced by @MusicaVivaAu