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Smartphone Use Encouraged At This Classical Music Concert

One of the creators of the Octavia app, Linda Dusman, follows the musical score during the performance and taps a number on her iPad to send notes to the app. (Amy Bishop/Houston Public Media)

One of the creators of the Octavia app, Linda Dusman, follows the musical score during the performance and taps a number on her iPad to send notes to the app. (Amy Bishop/Houston Public Media)

Many patrons scowl when smartphones light up at concerts. But the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra in Houston is encouraging its audience to test out a new smartphone app. Called Octava, the app provides program notes in real time during the concert and includes comments from the musicians.

Reporter Amy Bishop of Here & Now contributor KUHF in Houston went to a concert to see how the app works and whether audience members like the idea of using mobile devices during a concert.

An example of one of the program notes that the Octavia app would send out during a River Oaks Chamber Orchestra concert. (River Oaks Chamber Orchestra)

An example of one of the program notes that the Octavia app would send out during a River Oaks Chamber Orchestra concert. (River Oaks Chamber Orchestra)

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