The Richardson Symphony Orchestra (RSO) to Perform "Celestial Celebration: Music, Art, and Technology" September 7, 2019, Charles W. Eisemann Center for Performing Arts

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RSO collaborates with the School of Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication, University of Texas at Dallas, and the Richardson Community Chorale; multimedia performance and installation inspired by 50-year anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing

Richardson Symphony Orchestra

“The RSO is excited to be partnering with The School of ATEC at UT Dallas on the imagery that accompanies the orchestral music and the interactive components in the lobby that will make this program a unique experience from beginning to end,” said Laurie Garvie, executive director of the RSO.

The Richardson Symphony Orchestra, one of the premier orchestras in North Texas, is collaborating with the School of Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication (ATEC) at UT Dallas to create a multimedia performance and installation inspired by the 50-year anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing. The concert, Celestial Celebration: Music, Art, and Technology, is Saturday, September 7, 2019, 8:00 PM at the Charles W. Eisemann Center.

Celestial Celebration features nine video pieces created by ATEC faculty and students. Their visual art accompanies the RSO’s orchestral performances, which includes Music of the Spheres, by Josef Strauss, Claude Debussy’s Claire de Lune, and Gustav Holst’s The Planets. The Richardson Community Chorale provides a 22-voice female chorus for the final movement of The Planets. The 85-musician orchestra includes a large strings section, two harpists, two timpanists, plus expanded woodwind, brass, and percussion sections.

In late 2018, the RSO was honored as one of the 17 recipients of the Ann and Charles Eisemann Arts Innovation Initiative grant. The goals of the Initiative are to help arts groups take their respective organizations to the next level and encourage synergy and partnerships with other arts groups in the common pursuit of excellence.

“The RSO is excited to be partnering with The School of ATEC at UT Dallas on the imagery that accompanies the orchestral music and the interactive components in the lobby that will make this program a unique experience from beginning to end,” said Laurie Garvie, executive director of the RSO. “We are also thrilled to have the wonderful Richardson Community Chorale join us for the final movement of The Planets.”

“This amazing collaboration is due to the generous support of Ann and Charles Eisemann and their Arts Innovation Initiative,” added Laurie.

The event also provides an opportunity to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the founding of UTD in 1969. In addition to the visual music pieces, a team of ATEC faculty and students has designed two exhibits featuring historic accomplishments of UTD as it grew in prominence as a research institution during the past 50 years. Another team is building two interactive installations incorporating moon imagery and vintage television footage from 1969. All will be on display the night of the concert.

“The collaboration with the RSO provides a unique experience for ATEC students to create engaging art/technology experiences for a public audience. Students are not only learning new technical skills and design practices; they are also learning how to do historical research and create compelling stories,” said Anne Balsamo, Dean, ATEC, UT Dallas. “This is an exciting and inspiring opportunity for all the ATEC participants.”

Tickets are on sale now for the September 7th Concert through the Eisemann Center Ticket Office at 972-744-4650 or Buy Tickets Online Here.

The Richardson Symphony Orchestra, founded in 1961, has grown with the DFW metroplex, and is recognized as one of the premiere orchestras of the region. It is the resident symphony of the Charles W. Eisemann Center for Performing Arts and offers a variety of classical and pops concerts each season programmed to appeal to the varied audiences of the area. Throughout its history, the orchestra has been known for its innovative programming and as a showplace for brilliant up-and-coming talent. Many notable artists have made their DFW symphony debut with the RSO, including cellist Yo-Yo Ma, violinist Nadia Solaerno-Sonnenberg and pianist Behzod Abduraimov.

UT Dallas’ School of Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication (ATEC) engages artists, designers, scientists, researchers, and reflective practitioners across multiple disciplines in collaborative activities to create new knowledge, explore the expressive possibilities and assess the cultural impact of emerging technologies. ATEC students, faculty and researchers collaborate on “intentional future-making” through the creation of new cultural forms, the design of new technological experiences, the production of new knowledge and the transformation of the culture industries. Founded in 2015, ATEC currently enrolls more than 1,500 students in bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programs.

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