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Movement and Music: University of Maryland Symphony Orchestra's Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun

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Published on May 10, 2012

Conceived by James Ross
Movement Design by Liz Lerman

On May 4, 2012, the UMD Symphony Orchestra (UMSO) performed Debussy's "Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun" from memory, with movement design by choreographer Liz Lerman.

Movement is an inherent element of music-making; yet, its impact goes largely unexplored in the orchestral setting. UMSO's performance of "Prelude to the Afternoon of the Faun" explores the connection between movement and music, specifically, how that connection facilitates communication and a colorful, nuanced performance.

The choreography in this performance reflects the moods and imagery associated with Debussy's work: the sensory experiences of a faun as he awakens from an afternoon nap.

REVIEWS
Anne Midgette, the Washington Post:
"UMD Symphony Orchestra gets out of its chairs, giving music a visual life" http://ow.ly/bdLsG
"You Be the Critic" http://ow.ly/bdLky


Greg Sandow, The Future of Classical Music blog
"Breathtaking" http://ow.ly/bdM62
"Video of that magical faun" http://ow.ly/bdLRr


Video recorded and edited by Christian Amonson, Artslaureate: www.artslaureate.com
Audio recorded and mastered by Antonino d'Urzo, Opusrite™

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