Queensland Symphony Orchestra: Dvořák Symphony No. 9 "From the New World"

I’m posting this piece of news a bit later than desired but I do want to share that I was very excited to have the Visual Listening Guide recently make its Australian début!

On August 9 and 10, 2019, the Queensland Symphony Orchestra in Brisbane distributed my Guide to Dvořák’s "New World" Symphony for their concerts. To prepare audiences, Matthew Hodge, the QSO’s Director of Sales and Marketing, created and shared this great Facebook video explaining how the Guide works:

It’s always nice to get feedback from audience members about their experiences of using the Guide. Here are a few lovely comments I received from QSO concert goers:

I so appreciated that. I had made myself very familiar with the entire piece all week in preparation for recognising instruments as they featured throughout. I was blown away then by the fact this sheet was handed to me. It has allowed me to learn further by attempting to follow it while I have Dvořák playing on my stereo at home.
It was really great to have something tangible to follow along with (that wasn’t just a paragraph of words). I really enjoyed the way the guide outlined and described the sections i.e. introduction - “very fast”. […] A very, very cool idea!
Our teenage children really enjoyed this guide, and got a lot out of following it. For my husband and I, we were too focused on watching the performance and only glanced at it occasionally. But, it was a nice touch and interesting to look at after the performance.
I loved the idea, and was planning to use it during the performance, but then decided to just listen and enjoy (it’s my favourite symphony). But I plan to listen to it again at home on YouTube and follow along with the guide. I’m going to show it to my kids’ music teacher too.
Very novel and self explanatory for an experienced audience member and excellent for newcomers to classical music.

Thank you, Queensland Symphony Orchestra!


Lahti Symphony Orchestra: Beethoven Symphony No. 3 “Eroica”

Celebrating the opening of the Lahti Symphony Orchestra’s Beethoven series, I am thrilled to have my Visual Listening Guide to Beethoven’s “Eroica” Symphony presented in Finland for the first time, in the Finnish language.

Lahti Symphony Orchestra made the announcement here prior to their concerts on September 26 and 27.

The exposition of the first movement of Beethoven’s “Eroica” symphony as represented in the Finnish-language Visual Listening Guide.  Photo: Hannah Chan-Hartley

The exposition of the first movement of Beethoven’s “Eroica” symphony as represented in the Finnish-language Visual Listening Guide.

Photo: Hannah Chan-Hartley


Atlanta Symphony Orchestra: Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 5

For their opening season concerts conducted by Robert Spano, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra created a beautiful brochure insert featuring my Visual Listening Guide to Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5. Mark Gresham, who reviewed the program for Arts Atlanta, noted that “there were a couple of young adults seated next to me who were actively using the guide during the work, and perhaps that is the demographic to whom the symbol-filled graphic guide is addressed.” Although the Guides are intended for people of varying experiences with classical music, I love to hear that young people find them a useful way to engage with a symphony during performance.