Pictures at an Exhibition & Fauré's Requiem
Friday 8:00 pm March 18, 2016
Saturday 8:00 pm March 19, 2016
Sunday 2:30 pm March 20, 2016
A summit meeting between some of the leading 19th-century composers of France and Russia, this concert will unite the refined elegance of Fauré with the stronger accents of two members of the ‟Mighty Handful” of St. Petersburg. The alliance is cemented by the orchestration of Mussorgsky’s piano work Pictures at an Exhibition, made by Maurice Ravel in Paris.
We are delighted to announce that we will present a contemporary cinematic re-imagining of the art exhibit that originally inspired our centerpiece, Mussorgky’s Pictures at an Exhibition.
A visually stunning series of original animated short films created by students, faculty and graduates of the USC School of Cinematic Arts will accompany our orchestra's performance. The projectionist will use a brand new technology that allows him to act as a member of the orchestra, following the conductor's tempi together with the musicians. Musical magic, fresh creative expression, and high tech will meld to produce one extraordinary concert experience.
The project was produced and directed by faculty Michael Patterson and Candace Reckinger with a team of 11 animation artists drawn from the John C. Hench Division of Animation & Digital Arts. The animation was designed and animated by current students, recent graduates and faculty.
The programmatic work by Mussorgsky is the perfect canvas to apply the talents of the diverse USC-DADA animation program. The project embraces a blending of animation techniques that included CG, digital hand drawn, analog hand drawn, rotoscope, long exposure photography, green screen live action, and practical VFX.
Click here to visit the USC-DADA website dedicated to this work.