Last month, CCM mounted a unique multimedia production of Berlioz’s La Damnation de Faust (The Damnation of Faust). If you missed this E-Media, Choral and Orchestral collaboration, here is a glimpse of the production that critics have hailed as “extraordinary.”
This Saturday, CCM presents a unique multimedia production of Berlioz’s The Damnation of Faust. CCM E-Media faculty member Raul Barcelona recently discussed his work on the project with CCM Public Information Assistant and Arts Administration student Lillian Matchett.
Lillian Matchett: Could you give me a little background about your work at CCM?
Raul Barcelona: I’ve been here now for almost two years. My role here is Assistant Professor of Electronic Media, and I specifically teach new media and video production classes. My main focus is film making, but in the past I have also worked as a web designer and graphics designer, so I am also teaching some of those new media courses as well.
LM: Could you tell me a little about how you originally got involved with the production of The Damnation of Faust?
RB: Earl Rivers [CCM’s Director of Choral Studies and conductor] approached me to see if I would be interested in developing some visuals for the performance. He had this idea that it’s a work that is very cinematic in nature, even just by itself, and he thought that it would be a good opportunity to collaborate so that the music is accompanied with visuals.
LM: What was your original inspiration for the visuals we’ll see on Saturday?
You can listen to the full interview here. Performance information for The Damnation of Faust is available after the jump!
CCM’s Chamber Choir, Chorale, Philharmonia Orchestra and Cincinnati Children’s Choir combine for an unforgettable performance of the grand and romantic The Damnation of Faust. Hector Berlioz’s imaginative work will be presented at Corbett Auditorium at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 25, featuring cinematic visual elements that are the result of collaboration with CCM’s Division of Electronic Media. Continue reading
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