SE Systems transforms Thomas Wolfe Auditorium for the Asheville Amadeus Festival
The lighting and staging crews at SE Systems were busy last week transforming the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium into a “concert in the round” event. The Asheville Symphony hosted the return of the Asheville Amadeus festival, March 10-19, 2017. Internationally renowned Grammy Award-winning violinist Midori was the festival’s headlining soloist and artist-in-residence. The popular 2015 weeklong festival has been expanded in 2017 to a 10-day festival inspired by Mozart’s life and music.
The 2017 festival involves more than a dozen community partners and is a community-wide event including casual and formal concerts with complementary theatrical productions, lectures, comedy, a master class, a chorus sing-along, an Austrian Wine flight night, and even a signature beer from Highland Brewing Company.
Midori’s time in Asheville is part of her Orchestra Residencies Program. Her collaboration with the Asheville Symphony in this Asheville Amadeus festival will have her unmistakable stamp on it, largely because she has indeed taken the lead in what she would like to do and with whom she would like to collaborate.
Transforming the theater style venue to an “in-the-round” extended stage production is where SE Systems steps in. BilJax decks were brought in to join the existing stage giving it a 30x60 foot extension. The Asheville Symphony set-up in the middle of the extended stage with as many as 124 seats available onstage for symphony attendees. Our crew of Shawn Steed, Kristi Moore, Ted Atwell and our Production lead Buck Parker worked over 8 hours getting the stage to “Buck Parker Specs”.
SE Systems lighting added 8 German Light Products Impression X4 Bar 20’s, 12 Robe LED Wash 600’s and 3 Robe DLX LED Spots to the existing house lighting. Our lighting tech Ted Atwell was on-hand all week for the different shows produced during the festival.
One of the festival highlights was Saturday when the Asheville Symphony Youth Orchestra featured special guest from the Asheville Symphony Music Works children’s program. Some of the professional adult musicians joined the group featuring over 70 musicians celebrating the works of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The festival’s final Asheville Amadeus concert wrapped up on Sunday, March 19 with Midori performing alongside the Asheville Symphony Orchestra and the Asheville Symphony Chorus under the direction of ASO Music Director Daniel Meyer at Thomas Wolfe Auditorium.
SE Systems is proud to be a part of this world class Symphony festival with plans to work together in 2 years for the 2019 event.
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