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Multimedia Orchestra Performances at University of Maryland

  • November 5, 2013
  • By Cara Fleck     
The University of Maryland Symphony Orchestra performs Benjamin Britten’s “Les Illuminations” with lighting and projections.


 


In a collaboration with James Ross and the UMD Symphony Orchestra (UMSO), designers Doug Fitch and Tim McLoraine created lighting and projections that illustrated the process of growth and discovery conveyed in French poet Arthur Rimbaud’s “Les Illuminations”, the work to which Britten set his music.

Under the direction of James Ross, UMSO has become known as progressive ensemble on the cutting edge of 21st century performance. The Orchestra continually searches for new ways to vitalize the presentation of classical music in concert. Coined “The New Lights Initiative,” this progressive approach uncovers a renewed depth of meaning in the traditional orchestral repertoire for both musicians and audiences alike.