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CAA Arts Access: Virtual Performing and the Explosion of a New Art Form
Join CAA Arts Access for a presentation on the evolution of virtual music-making with Gregory Peterson '73CC, ‘85LAW. The presentation will include pre-recorded interviews with Jakub Jozef Orlinski, one of the most important new stars on the world opera stage, and with Grammy Award-winning composer Eric Whitacre, the inventor of and pioneer in virtual choral singing. Whitacre's world-famous Virtual Choir videos have blended the voices of thousands of singers into one sound and found millions of followers on YouTube.

Last spring the music world went into shock when it was discovered that because of COVID, rehearsing for and performing live concerts had turned into a dangerous, even deadly undertaking. The danger became palpable when a choral performance in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, turned into a super spreader event, sickening 102 choral members and resulting in four deaths. The music world suddenly collapsed into a collective fetal position. What was a musical group to do?

All eyes turned to the realm of virtual collaboration. Choirs, symphony orchestras and community groups resorted to the rarified sphere of virtual performances, with singers and instrumentalists finding new ways to make music together through video. Working together despite being separated by time and space, their parts are stitched together over the internet - the ultimate social distancing. This has led an explosion of creativity and the birth of an all-new high-tech art form. You will not want to miss this presentation.

Questions or comments? Please contact alumniarts@columbia.edu

Apr 6, 2021 05:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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