This past May I joined the Highline Chamber Ensemble which revamps the perception of stuffy concertizing by emphasizing the audience experience. Highline is a conductorless string ensemble comprised of classically-trained musicians; the group performs in spaces across New York City that include lofts, studios, and bars. Highline’s ticketed events showcase classical music as well as original arrangements of popular non-classical songs. The end result of Highline’s efforts is a convivial atmosphere for music lovers of all genres to mingle, drink, and – most importantly – enjoy the music! With a moniker inspired by Chelsea’s High Line Park in NYC, the Highline Chamber Ensemble aims to represent the merging of cultural preservation with contemporary society.