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...