The Richardson Symphony Orchestra 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.
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.
The video components incorporate data visualizations of astrophysical phenomena. The visualizations are original creations by renowned artist/technologist Dr. Donna Cox and her Advanced Visualization Lab at the National Center for Supercomputer Applications (NCSA) at the University of Illinois at Champaign Urbana. Dr. Cox will be hosted by ATEC as the 2019 ATEC Artist-in-Residence.
This project was made possible due to the generous support of Ann and Charles Eisemann through their Arts Innovation Initiative, which was developed to encourage collaboration between the arts leaders in our community.