The program features
a newly commissioned piece memorializing the events of September 11 by David
R. Gillingham (composer of Heroes Lost and Fallen and Light Unto the Darkness,
tributes to those lost in Vietnam and the Oklahoma City Bombing). The stage
is bare except for an acoustic orchestra shell surrounding the musicians. This
orchestra shell is made of some material that allows light through from behind,
yet retains the acoustical qualities of a standard large orchestra shell.
can add to an orchestral performance in a powerful way, especially with a narrative
piece such as the one featured at this concert. The lighting is an integral
part of the performance. The audience should be able to forget that the musicians
are there, "see" the music in the lighting, and, to a lesser extent,
"hear" the lighting in the music. Walt Disney's Fantasia, especially
the non-animated parts, is an excellent example of this. The light helps reveal
the narrative of the musical piece.
moment is based on a photograph of the attack or its aftermath that fits what
is happening in the music. The shell, on stage for acoustical reasons, becomes
a fantastic backdrop, lit from both behind and in front. At some points in the
performance, the musicians are lit as one would expect at an orchestral performance,
but in other moments, they are silhouetted against the background of the orchestra
shell, depending on what best fits the musical narrative at any given time.
photograph that each lighting moment is based on is displayed next to the rendering.
All photographs displayed here are taken from http://www.hereisnewyork.org.)
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