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Classical 101

Sleep to the Music

We all know that classical music (or at least some of it) is relaxing and soothing. But one concert took classical's relaxing image to the next level. This is not a new story, but it happened before WOSU's classical music blog launched a couple of years ago. Since it has that timeless quality that only impeccably hilarious stories have, I wanted to share it with you, in case you hadn't seen it already. In 2006, a mattress company installed beds in a Tel Aviv concert hall for a classical music concert there. The audience, I guess, reclined and dozed, slept, drooled, daydreamed - the possibilities are endless - while the music spirited them away to la-la-land. Can you imagine what was on that concert program? Maybe Tchaikovsky's Sleeping Beauty? Or Eric Whitacre's Sleep? Maybe the bed-as-seating concept could catch on in other arenas, like cinemas, church, the workplace or anywhere political candidates are droning on. Yeah, I know. I'm not holding my breath, either.