When Red Sox fan Toshi Shimada performed his tryout concert with the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra in 2008, the performance that won him the music director position here, he had more than musical notation on his mind. His beloved Sawx were in the playoffs against the Tampa Bay Rays, and before leading a fine performance of Dvorák's "New World" Symphony, he turned to the audience and said, "For those of you interested in a score other than Dvorák's: Tampa Bay 1, Red Sox 2."
The Red Sox are playing the Cardinals Saturday night, just as Shimada and the ECSO will be playing Tchaikovsky. And on the orchestra's Facebook page, this announcement popped up Friday:
"Hey baseball fans! There will be a TV monitor set up in the Garde Arts Center Oasis Room to keep up with the game. So...you can come support the ECSO and keep up with the game. Or, turn off your ring tone and follow the game during the concert on your mobile device. The best of all worlds!"
Not many orchestras urge the audience to watch the game on their smartphones, but, hey, it's the Sawx!
- Milton Moore