Philharmonic chorus makes music from fans' tweets

The Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra Chorus tweetly sings lines gleaned from its Twitter feed in a holiday extravaganza that marries social media to the famous "Carmina Burana."

The CPO Chorus is feelin' it when it comes to social media.

Just days ago, in a blog item about how theater groups and symphonies are setting aside "tweet seats" for the Twitter-addicted, I wrote the following: "It's not much of a stretch to [conjure up] a vision of performance pieces that go whole hog and incorporate tweets into their very structure."

Well, the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra Chorus was way ahead of me.

It recently asked fans to tweet tips on staying warm this winter. And, as Diana Adams at blog Bit Rebels reports, the orchestra's chorus master, Timothy Shantz, spent two hours arranging the 20 resulting tweets into a three-minute ditty sung to the tune of "O Fortuna" (from Carl Orff's famous "Carmina Burana").

The collision of the dramatic classical piece and Twitticisms like "Rocking a scarf" definitely brings a smile. And it may well bring the chorus some new, youthful fans (the resulting YouTube video is already going viral).

Take my word for it, folks. This is just the beginning.

Michael Tilson Thomas, are you listening? David Mamet, are you? It seems there's plenty of performance to be made in 140 characters or less.