"We are just trying to make good art," John Zirkle
So a follow up from the amazing show on the WMPAC stage last week and how this all came to be. I had a chance to chat with John Zirkle.
He had been concerned that maybe there wouldn't be any shows for the summer and his concerns about that kind of flip flopped for a while. He networked with several other performing arts centers and artists and he actually found a way to make it work.
He showed me the sound/ lighting room which was fairly normal and then he showed me another place in the attic where they added several other monitors and computers so they can live broadcast people from all over the country onto the multiple screens on stage.
Zirkle commented on the challenge of moving from a packed theater to streaming and then competing with places like Netflix. He said, "Maybe WMPAC isn't so much about the building anymore."
From personal experience I know that Zirkle has made it work and he has made it work beautifully. "Let's not quit, let's see what we can do," he said.
The performance this Saturday will only be virtual, no live audience, you can stream it live into your homes. It will be The Crossing, a Grammy Award-winning choir. The title of their work is In Nature. The composer is David Lang, a Pulitizer prize winner and Oscar nominee.
"I just want to let the artist do what they do and just get out of their way,” said Zirkle.
I encourage you all to enjoy good art. You can log onto WMPAC.LIVE to stream this show live on Saturday night at 6 p.m. If you are not able to stream it live it will be available for streaming for a few days after the event.
For the love of art!