Have you ever considered inviting musicians into your living room to play a concert?
Living Room Live, a classical house concert network, is hoping to include Oliver in their next tour, but first they need to find a host.
Founders and pianists Nicola Davies and Lisa Rumpel are currently expanding their newly-created tour routes through Manitoba/Saskatchewan and B.C./Alberta, with about 40 concerts planned for the opening 2018-19 season.
“These tour routes help create opportunities for residents in rural areas where professional performances may be less common than in large cities,” Davies said in a news release.
The organization is currently reaching out to new hosts from B.C. to Manitoba, and will offer advice and assistance in becoming a house concert host for the first time.
Hosts can either join a tour route and present diverse seasons of two to three concerts per year, or for those in and around cities, can try out hosting on a one-off basis.
“House concerts have been around for years, and you may be surprised to learn just how many exist,” Davies said.
“Acoustic music is arguably best suited to a house, where musicians play for a small group of attentive listeners who can appreciate the music from a few feet away, often with a glass of wine or coffee in hand.”
Anyone who enjoys organizing events and inviting friends into their home could be a good fit for a house concert host. A well-maintained acoustic piano is ideal but not always necessary; some ensembles may not require a piano or may be able to bring a digital.