I did not quite know what to expect from The Junction, a venue more attune to punk, rock and reggae, now playing host to an evening of both DJed and live classical music put on by The Parnassus Club.
Stepping inside felt almost like being transported back to a pre-1950s bar (or at least what I’d imagine that to be like), an impression created wholly by the music itself and perhaps, on a more negative side, the dated sound quality of some of the recordings. Ranging from Mozart to John Adams, the DJs’ selections were broad and with a primarily orchestral focus.
Not quite the utopian fantasy of metalheads and local crack-dealers swooning to the sounds of Elgar’s Enigma Variations, as some might have hoped; the crowd would not have been out of place at any other concert. But the difference here was in the ethos of the whole spectacle. The raw enthusiasm of the two DJs for the music they played was as refreshing as seeing an audience enjoying classical music in a more laid back context, void of the rules and expectations that can put-off potential classical music lovers. The DJs were even open to requests, allowing a platform for the sharing of musical enthusiasm that is so rare in classical genres outside of a very limited sphere.