Students at the Manhattan School of Music received a special class this month from Thomas Hampson, one of the nation’s top baritones. But what made this lesson unique is that it was billed as the first live video streaming of a classical music event in an iPhone or iPod Touch app, News 8 Austin reports. “This is a way of bringing the conversation between composers, performers, [and] singers at a very high level to a much larger audience,” said Robert Sirota of the Manhattan School of Music. Those watching on their iPhones or iPods were encouraged to eMail questions or comments to be read at the end of class. People from as far away as Latvia, Spain, and Wales were watching. Hampson said he’s hopeful this will lead to new avenues for reaching not just other musicians, but also the casual music consumer. The high quality of the live stream was the result of the Manhattan School of Music using Internet2, an entirely different internet than used by the average consumer. Internet2 is much less populated, much quicker, and reserved exclusively for universities and researchers…

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