Things are shifting in the world of music and media. As the sales figures for CD's with traditional classical music have steadily declined, American orchestras are looking for new ways to bring their music to the people. Recently (in July), American orchestra managers and the orchestra musicians signed an agreement that might serve as a model worldwide. The contract regulates payment for the musicians when their orchestra concerts are broadcast over the Internet. The agreement was signed by representatives of 65 American orchestras. The Philadelphia Orchestra tried out its practical aspect last week. Web surfers who visited the orchestra's web site (www.philorch.org) were invited to listen to a concert, after downloading suitable software. The fee was two dollars, payable online by credit card. The experiment provided a taste of the future in the multimedia world, as Georg Hirsch reports.
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