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“A Celebration of Our Planet”: Austin Camerata Presents Multimedia Chamber Music Performance “Blue Planet”

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“Austin Camerata aims to broaden the audience for classical chamber music,” says Daniel Kopp, “You know, a lot of people have a perception of classical music and chamber music as a dead or dying art form, and we want to show how lively and vibrant it is, and how important it can be to the community of Austin, Texas.

Kopp, who is cellist and artistic director of Austin Camerata, says the new show blue planet is in line with their stated mission to keep chamber music alive and relevant in today’s world. “It’s about showing how classical music plays a role in thinking about what’s going on in our lives today,” he says.

blue planet will be a multimedia show, featuring not only the music of Austin’s Festival String Orchestra Camerata, but also visual design by Jesse Easdon and art by Zaria Forman. Kopp says the visuals and music will work together to create an experience that “reflects the origins of the universe, our place in the cosmos, and Earth’s precious landscapes.”

While it might make for a dark reflection, Kopp says the vibe of blue planet will be more optimistic and uplifting. “We really wanted this show to be a celebration,” he says. “A celebration of our planet, a celebration of life, a celebration of our existence and kind of a miracle of what that entails, as a way to inspire people to want to preserve and protect the places around our globe that are fragile and under threat.”

Kopp says the interweaving of visuals and music will be a new and evocative way for Austin Camerata to connect with his audience. “It’s really a powerful experience to get this simultaneously visual and powerfully emotional musical effect,” he says. “It really creates a fascinating experience. And the art we’re doing with Zaria Forman – her landscapes are going to be projected onto the floor where the orchestra is standing, as the orchestra plays music by Takashi Yoshimatsu called And the birds are motionless. You will therefore see landscapes of Antarctica and Greenland in which the orchestra is literally immersed, so you have the impression of being there, transported by the music.

“I hope audiences come away inspired to want to get involved in our local community,” says Kopp. “And so we’re actually partnering with TreeFolks, which is Austin’s non-profit urban tree planting program. And so we hope our audience will learn a bit more about TreeFolks and want to get involved.

“Blue Planet” premieres May 12 and 13 at KMFA’s Draylen Mason Music Studio, and ticket prices include pre- and post-show cocktails.