Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Symphony in the Snow

The snow falls courtesy of Currier & Ives at the Springfield Symphony Hall in Massachusetts this weekend! The orchestra is performing a Holiday Pops concert and it's using a fabulous selection of Currier & Ives lithographs as a giant slide show behind the performers. It's all part of the educational collaboration surrounding the Museum's Currier & Ives collection and WGBY's series about the "Printmakers to the American People". Concertgoers will be treated to a dramatic show of the prints so often associated with Christmas cards and cookie tins, images like "Winter in the Country-A Cold Morning" from the painting by New Haven artist George Durrie. We've had weirdly warm weather lately...but inside Symphony Hall, it'll be winter!

Editing begins on Episode 1 next week and so all video, digitized images (so many!), music and more are being loaded onto the computer. NPR's Scott Simon will be recording his narration on December 17 and so we will begin the edit without his voice. Putting it on during the last week of the edit will be like adding the magic!

The air date has been changed to Monday, February 25 at 9pm. All 3 episodes will air back-to-back, although they may be repeated in separate installments.

I just got word that there may be a Berkshires premiere at Hancock Shaker Village on January 11, which thrills me. I lived in the Berkshires for nearly 4 years and love the area's appreciation for the arts and for the work of local artists and producers like WGBY.

Episodes 2 & 3 are being polished and I'm preparing a detailed narrative report so that the grantmakers can see what we've been up to. Busy week! I'll keep you posted.

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