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Visual projections in choral concerts

Hi everyone.
 
I would like to try doing some visual projections alongside the choral music in an upcoming concert. I just wanted to know what experiences people have had with this. What makes it work well? Best to use still images, or moving pictures? Single images at any time or multiples? 
 
What are the pitfalls to be avoided?
 
Do any of you have any combinations of projection and repertoire already set to go, and willing to loan/rent?
 
I would love to hear about your experiences!
 
All the best,
 
Roger Bergs
AD of John Laing Singers, Hamilton ON
on August 19, 2013 4:55pm
Dear Roger,
 
This has been done a couple of times with HD (up to 1080p) computer projection via YouTube or via a DVD I can burn (I produced the video and am the composer of the music) and offer you at a nominal cost.  The score is published by Walton.
 
 
Best wishes,
Frank La Rocca
 
 
on August 20, 2013 4:51am
Hi Roger -
We've used this format a couple of times - with great success. The first was at our community Sesquicentennial - as the choir sang "Down in the River to Pray", scenes of old and long gone community buildings and people were shown slideshow style on the screen. The second was at a high school choir concert -  the Freshman Choir sang "Land of our Dreams" while still photos of their own ancestors were projected. In both cases the choir was on stage with dimmed lighting while the screen was to the right of the stage with a laptop attached to the projector using standard slide show software - I believed we used Appleworks, so it has been a few years. As long as your equipment is tested, double-tested and triple-tested - and your AV operator can think on his/her feet - this is a wonderful combination of media - go for it!
best wishes,
Mike
on August 20, 2013 10:28am
Roger,
 I have successfully used and seen projections used in concert. The first was a symphony concert Sciabin's Poem of Fire (I hope memory serves, it was, however, Scribin). He had written the piece for some "color organ" which must have been pretty lame in the early 1900. The projections in this concert were pretty lame, as well, because of 1980's tech. Just color gells in theatrical spots in a 3000 seat auditorium.
 The second instance was much better. I taught at Missouri Western State College in St Joseph, MO. A composer from UMKC wrote a wonderful piece for the choir using song, poetry and photographic projection which perfectly embodied the Mid-Western centric text. When the slide of a powerful Tornado perfectly set the text and music, the hairs on my head stood on end and I wanted to run for the storm celler. I shiver at the very rememberance. Overwhelming and very effective.
  For my first performance of Carmina Burana, and Art department colleague proposed a huge Mandala to fly-in during the final O fortuna. That really lifted the audience. For each movement, her students had designed appropriate works which were projected on screens flanking the procenium. Again, available technology may have been a limiting factor. I was conducting on stage so I just don't know the total effect.
  My advice is to forge ahead but content and context are everything. Do not confuse or distract the audience and have the appropriate technology especially if you have a Tornado! (Jeez!)  S  
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