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NJYS Youth Symphony & Nokia Bell Labs Project

May 15 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

NJYS Nokia Project

The New Jersey Youth Symphony (NJYS), a program of the Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts, will livestream a free concert from the College of St. Elizabeth in Morristown on Saturday, May 15 at 7:00 p.m. on WhartonArts.tv. Featuring the NJYS Youth Symphony led by Artistic Director and Principal Conductor Helen H. Cha-Pyo and with the support of the League of American Orchestras’ Futures Fund, NJYS will partner with Nokia Bell Labs to experiment with two-way communication at the concert. C4C, a technology that turns audience members’ phones into speakers, will enable concertgoers to become part of the performance.

Developed by Nokia’s Experiments in Art and Technology (E.A.T.) lab, C4C allows the performers to sense the response of the audience in real time and activate sounds throughout the audience in synchrony with the main performance. The solution presents a new form of sonic immersion that enables deeper connection between the audience and the performers. E.A.T. is a pioneering initiative that brings together the worlds of engineering, science, and the arts to humanize technology.

As part of the Futures Fund’s partnership with Nokia Bell Labs, NJYS commissioned two composers, Patricio Molina and Mesia Austin, to write COVID-friendly small ensemble works to be premiered at the May 15 concert. In addition to Homage to Kahlil Gibran and Homage to Nicarno Parra by Molina and Spiral by Austin, the concert will feature works by Gabrieli, Bach, Beethoven, and Karel Husa.

For more information about the livestream concert, call (908) 771-5544 or email info@njys.org.


May 15
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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