About This Program
Brickyard Broadcast is a spatialized work for hundreds of musicians that will have its world premiere in a Virtual Reality (VR) environment. It uses technology and interactivity to reinterpret the NC State Brickyard, the university’s beloved and iconic gathering area outside of D.H. Hill Jr. Library, as a virtual space in which the musical performance will unfold.
Hundreds of audio recordings from musicians and singers will be integrated into a 20-minute work that viewers can experience either from start to finish in a curated sound experience or in a self-guided choose-your-own-adventure modular way. Nine separate musical groups will animate the various areas of the virtual Brickyard, creating an immersive sound experience for anyone who visits the site.
The texts that the choirs are singing are taken from the writings of various thinkers from a broad historical range who mused on the phenomenon of people gathering in common space, and the indomitability of song. Among others, they include Gertrude Stein, H.G. Wells, Frank Lloyd Wright, Charles Ives, and Walt Whitman.
PREMIERING ON NOV. 12, 2020 at 6pm ET.
On premiere night, join NC State faculty Peter Askim, director of orchestral studies, and Nathan Leaf, director of choral activities and artistic director for Concert Singers of Cary, and composer Lisa Bielawa for a live, online panel discussion.
Following the discussion, you will be able to enter the virtual reality Brickyard environment to experience the premier of Brickyard Broadcast. Following the performance, you’re invited to join Askim, Leaf and Bielawa again for a question and answer session.
Links to access the live panel discussion/Q&A on Twitch and to enter the VR Brickyard Broadcast performance will be available there on premiere night.
Premiered on November 12, 2020 at 6pm ET.
Following its premiere, the Brickyard Broadcast will remain online, accessible to the public for free, for some amount of time.
Musicians from NC State University Dept of Music orchestras (Raleigh Civic Symphony and Raleigh Civic Chamber Orchestra), the NC State choirs (State Chorale, Vox Accalia and Singing Statesmen), and the Concert Singers of Cary.
Meet the Composer
Composer, producer, and vocalist Lisa Bielawa is a Rome Prize winner in Musical Composition and takes inspiration for her work from literary sources and close artistic collaborations. Her music has been described as “ruminative, pointillistic and harmonically slightly tart,” by The New York Times, and “fluid and arresting…at once dramatic and probing,” by the San Francisco Chronicle.
Bielawa consistently executes work that incorporates community-making as part of her artistic vision. She has created music for public spaces in Lower Manhattan, the banks of the Tiber River in Rome, sites of former airfields in Berlin and, most recently, virtually during the coronavirus lockdown using submitted testimonies and recorded voices from six continents. Concert Singers of Cary was honored to be part of that recent project, entitled Broadcast from Home.
Her music has premiered at the NY PHIL BIENNIAL, Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, SHIFT Festival, and Naumburg Orchestral Concerts, among others. Orchestras that have championed her music include the The Knights, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, American Composers Orchestra, and the Orlando Philharmonic. Premieres of her work have been commissioned and presented by the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Brooklyn Rider, Seattle Chamber Music Society, American Guild of Organists, and more.
Bielawa is the recipient of the 2017 Music Award from the American Academy of Arts & Letters and a 2020 Discovery Grant from OPERA America’s Opera Grants for Female Composers. She was named a William Randolph Hearst Visiting Artist Fellow at the American Antiquarian Society for 2018 and is Artist-in-Residence at Kaufman Music Center in New York for the 2020-2021 season.
Learn more at www.lisabielawa.net.
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