The experiment: Greg Schaffner posted an interesting comment in which he suggested using improvisations as segues between pieces. I thought that sounded fun, so at two concerts yesterday, I put improvs — completely spontaneous, no planning — between all the pieces within each set. And, to make it all as spontaneous as possible, I had the audience draw the names of pieces to determine the order.
The results: We had a good time. None of the improvs were really outstanding, but they worked well enough, and the audience got into the spirit of the thing. I don’t think I’ll repeat this experiment (I have fun planning the program order, and don’t want to give that up!), but I will work some improvs into future Zos.