Octet is a proof of concept. Originally a response to the global pandemic, the result transcends this period. The idea is this: eight musicians record as a small, socially distanced ensemble. After a sound engineer channels each musician through a unique speaker, the system is set in a large circle giving listeners the freedom to explore each instrumentalist’s part, or stand centrally in the space and experience the musical blend. The project employed South Bend Symphony Orchestra musicians during a time of severely limited work opportunities, and the high-fidelity speakers and immersive soundscape offer patrons a completely new perspective on music.
Watch our collaborators talk about the project and see how Octet was created.
Under the director of SBSO Music Director Alastair Willis, Octet features Rondeau from “Abdelazer” Henry Purcell (1659-95), Andante Festivo Jean Sibelius (1865-1957), Jig, vivace, from “St. Paul’s Suite in C Major” Gustav Holst (1874-1934).
Octet is made possible by the following partners.
About the Riverlights Music Festival
Riverlights Music Festival is a collaboration between local, regional, and national artists, community leaders, and local businesses seeking to illuminate South Bend as a prime destination for original music in the Midwest. Our festival showcases awe-inspiring music and creates unforgettable experiences featuring the best local artists, businesses, and entertainment vendors in South Bend. We are a homegrown, South Bend based organization that strives to better connect our community to music and the arts in fun and family-friendly ways.”
About the South Bend Museum of Art
The South Bend Museum of Art affirms the enduring power of the visual arts to reflect and create community, engage minds, and nurture growth through exhibitions, collections and educational programs. www.southbendart.org
Octet was recorded at the South Bend Civic Theatre.